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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006056301X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060563011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sharon Lawrence started her career as a reporter for the United Press International's Los Angeles bureau. Her specialty was the entertainment beat, including film and pop music. After more than five years with UPI, she became a management, marketing, and PR consultant for such clients as MCA, Columbia, Apple, and Rocket Record Company, as well as for major movie studios. She has worked with numerous artists including Elton John, David Bowie, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lawrence is the author of So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star and Old Carmel in Rare Photographs. She lives in Los Angeles.

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This book tells a whole different story.
BH
I also enjoyed "Electric Gypsy", Noel Redding's "Are you Experienced" and "My Son Jimi" by Al Hendrix.
sunshine lady
Thanks Sharon for helping us to better understand him.
Jamie J. Stone

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Albert Doyle on December 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sharon Lawrence had the unique perspective of knowing Jimi Hendrix through her occupation as a reporter. Her knowledge of Jimi through both a personal friendship and professional relationship allowed her to possess a unique insider view few authors had. 'Betrayed' was written at a time when decisive court actions were taking place in the Hendrix world and in the post-Monika Dannemann landscape where issues over Hendrix's death were still at play. In the midst of this, friends of Sharon Lawrence convinced her to finally share her Hendrix history with the public.

As Sharon Lawrence disclaimed at the beginning of the book, 'Betrayed' was never meant to be an end-all, top-them-all Hendrix biography, but was instead intended as warm insight into a particular view of Hendrix known by Ms Lawrence. I hope those considering reading 'Betrayed' aren't swayed by some of the negative reviews. I hesitate to give them credit by even mentioning them, and you can pretty much tell the degree of a Hendrix fan by judging how they react to 'Betrayed'. True Hendrix fans will appreciate the rare new information about Hendrix from the unique Los Angeles-based reporter's viewpoint, insider friendship with Jimi, and personal sympathy for Hendrix as a person. The book was very helpful to me and showed me new information I had not known in my decades of Hendrix fanhood.

Sharon Lawrence intended to offer a book that would counter other books that saw Jimi as a figure or legend. Ms Lawrence felt Jimi was never given just consideration as a person and that side needed to be shown - something Jimi lacked in all phases of his life and career. So Sharon wrote with a kind of maternalistic sympathy to nurture the image of a person who had suffered from the lack of exactly that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. P. Watt on July 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was published at a point where so much had already been written about Hendrix, and it establishes a familiar pattern of the often told Hendrix Tale: born into poverty, Hendrix nurtured an interest with the guitar at an early age into a tremendous facility for writing, playing and performing music. He became famous, was surrounded by the usual trappings of stardom (drugs, hangers-on, shady business partners, groupies), and died at an early age when it seemed he still had a lot left to give in terms of creativity. It is clear and established that the author did, in fact, know Hendrix. Some of her recollections may have been somewhat embellished with the passage of time (memory and history can play tricks on us all), but the impressions she gives of her encounters with Hendrix are both very human and generally credible in terms of the overall jist. I, for one, didn't see an agenda in terms of her having made up the story out of whole cloth, as it were. Some of her assertions as to the particulars of how Hendrix died (regurgitating rumors that he was possibly murdered or asserting that he did himself in via suicide) do repeat the more sensational past tales of his demise. I suppose a persons reaction to the book depends on if one finds Lawrence credible or not. I did. What knocks the rating down a few stars for me is the disproportionate amount of page space given over to the posthumous years and the detailed descriptions of the legal battles over the Hendrix estate. As someone who values Hendrix on the basis of what he did when he was alive (not how old he was when he died, or how he died, or what happened to the money after he was gone), about the last third of the book wasn't particularly relevant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sunshine lady on March 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
With all of the misinformation about Jimi Hendrix, Sharon Lawrence attempts to set the record straight. As a young reporter Sharon befriends Jimi after a 1968 concert, through many phone calls and visits, Jimi shares his most personal thoughts and feelings. Sharon becomes a trusted friend and insider to Jimi's world. From Jimi's tragic poverty stricken childhood, at times left alone with little food for him and baby brother Leon, kind neighbors often left food on the door step. The loss of Jimi's mother at age 15 shapes the tone of his sad world. Sharon exsposes all the vultures and leaves no stone unturned. The real Jimi was no drugged out space cadet but a shy, sensitive, poliet, intelligent, Spiritual, kind, person. Who prefered to be treated like a regular guy not a rock idol. It was great to see a very human side to Jimi like the fact that he was a clean freak who often tidded up his own hotel room and ironed his own clothes while on the road. Jimi singing along with Elvis songs and talking about his mother, made me get a sense of who he was and what he was thinking.It seems the best times were in London jamming with friends "London has always been good to me" he once said. In the end Jimi was stressed out from constant touring and court battles, he knew he was being ripped off and had few real friends, his life was a constant roller coaster. At one point It was heartbreaking, Jimi says "Everyone thinks they own me".. While throwing furniture across the room.. Jimi's death leaves alot to speculate, accident/murder/suicide?? Sharon believes Jimi died of suicide. Jimi left a sad poem the night he died with the words " The story of Jesus is easy to explain..The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, they story of love is hello and goodbye, untill we meet again".Read more ›
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