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Black Gold: The Lost Archives of Jimi Hendrix Paperback – April 1, 2002
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More About the Author
Roby also worked for Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James "Al" Hendrix, helped organize numerous tribute concerts including Seattle's Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Festival (1995), The Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition (1997) and in 2009 he assembled over 370 guitarists (including Jimi's brother Leon) who played "Purple Haze" in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Roby has lectured on Hendrix at the University of Indianapolis, the University of Victoria, and the University of California. In 2007, he began teaching a college course called Jimi Hendrix: His Life and Music, which featured a Grammy awarding producer and Hendrix's close friend Melinda Merryweather as guest speakers.
In addition to writing and teaching, Roby has worked in Bay Area radio for the past thirty years co-producing syndicated shows, as a music director, and a morning show host.
Top Customer Reviews
I only gave this book 3 stars because, unless you know absolutely nothing about Jimi Hendrix or some of the other musicians in the book, much of what you read you are likely to already know. Redding included many well known anecdotes as filler for his archival list, which is admirably constructed and researched. The only problem is, is that much of what is on the list is unavailable to the public.
Still, if you're a Jimi fan, you have to read it. After all, it's a book about Jimi.
I've read many books on Jimi, as well as, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Nirvana, Miles Davis and Joh Coltrane (By the way- thanks Miles for the Wah-wah). This book is objective and lacks that selfish bias some authors instill in their writing. Some writers aren't willing to display their subject matter exposed for all to see. They don't want to fully let the readers know all the sides to a character because something captivated an author to write about a particular person in the first place. Roby gives you the places, the names, everything, and lets the reader see where Jimi Hendrix leads them. Finally, I've got a book I can reference after so many years of speculation, rumour, and hearsay. Jimi Hendrix is one of my heroes,and Steven Roby helps me keep him my hero.
Discography omissions and factual errors are at a minimum but some are a little too obvious, it's hard to believe they were not picked up prior to publication. For me the most interesting section of the book was the pre-experience years. A fairly large portion of the book deals with this period, which is not such a bad thing as the content is very informative and detailed.
Overall is the book worth buying? Well it will prove very useful as a source of reference. If you already own a collection of JH related books, then yes it's well worth adding to the book shelf as it will no doubt add to your already burgeoning knowledge of an exceptional musical talent. If your new to Hendrix then maybe something like 'Electric Gypsy' will serve you better, for now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For diehard fans only, collects a lot of info, try's to answers who's on what track etc, Eddie kramers book is also a good sourcePublished 22 months ago by D. Miller
This is an excellent book about the many lost sessions and studio recordings etc, that used to be released most often on bootleg LPs and CDs. Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Carlitta Rose
Hendrix left behind thousands of reels of tape containing hundreds of hours of music, much of it never made widely available. Read morePublished on June 6, 2007 by Bradley F. Smith
Maybe 'Electric Gypsy' from Glebbeek is the ultimate biography , this however is more into Jimi's MUSICAL legacy.Full of detail and if you pick this up , you won't regret it...Published on September 24, 2005 by Georgios Kanakaris
Steven Roby has written a masterful account of Jimi Hendrix's recorded legacy. Black Gold is an essential resource for the dedicated Hendrix collector, and is also a great read... Read morePublished on September 8, 2003 by Mad Dog
For a beginner interested in the roots and history of one of the world's greatest influential guitar players who ever wakled the planet, you cant go past BLACK GOLD. Read morePublished on July 29, 2002 by Jimi Hendrix Fan
For anyone looking for the maximum in "Hendrix" information or history,this is "The Book" !! Read morePublished on June 19, 2002 by J.P. Morel