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  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat; 2nd edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423492684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423492689
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 12 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Go behind the music in Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book, compiled by the rocker's sister, Janie L. Hendrix. This massive page-turner features vivid, rare images and background notes of the singer's songbook. Janie found her brother's old notebooks and hotel stationary on which he penned a number of songs, and she presents them so fans can see exactly how Hendrix's thoughtful lyrics started out as simple musings but became classic rock songs. Fascinated with her brother's handwriting, she thought fans would want to see his notes as well. For Hendrix fans, this is a rare treat. --Ebony Magazine

He could make a guitar sing, yet Hendrix didn't have a great deal of confidence in his own vocal ability. That s not to say he had scant regard for the words; a Dylan fanatic, Hendrix had his own visions to capture in lysergically enhanced lyrical storms. Collected in this book, the best examples read like James Joyce compared to some of the what-we-did-on-our-holidays psychedelic clichés of Hendrix s lesser contemporaries. Alphabetically ordered, however, it presents an odd view of his artistic progression. Hold Burning Of The Midnight Lamp up next to Can You See Me?: the latter, from his Are You Experienced debut, reads on the page like it was written to provide scaffolding for some guitar pyrotechnics. Midnight Lamp, released one year and two albums later, already captures Hendrix s post-psychedelic exhaustion and signposts the burnout to come. They re almost the work of two different writers. Heavily illustrated with photos, The Ultimate Lyric Book also reproduces many of Hendrix's handwritten lyrics, his distinctive pen-work being something of an artform in itself. With transcriptions of unrecorded songs performed live and sources ranging from hotel paper (no surprises) and Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues, you'll burn the midnight lamp just to absorb it in one sitting. --Record Collector

An entire generation of guitarists grew up imitating Jimi Hendrix's blazing guitar solos. Yet, as Hendrix's sister, Janie, illustrates so forcefully in her lovingly crafted collection, Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book, Hendrix excelled as much at lyrics as he did at licks. Published in time for what would have been Hendrix's 70th birthday, this collection of handwritten lyrics, some scribbled on hotel stationery, offers powerful insights into Hendrix's passionate imagination and lyrical genius. Photos accompany each song, bringing to life Hendrix's enduring legacy and his ability, in his sister's words, to build a 'bridge from past to present to future.' --BookPage

About the Author

Janie Hendrix is President and CEO of Experience, LLC, the official Jimi Hendrix Family Company and sister of the legendary guitarist. As head of the family company, her mission is to continue Jimi's legacy and preserve the integrity of his artistic contributions to musical history.

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My son absolutely loves this book.
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Janie, Thank you do much for sharing him with us in this personal way!
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My husband is a huge Hendrix fan and this book was a gift for him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By April L Hartman, MD on December 10, 2012
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This is a "must have" for any Jimi Hendrix fan. Seeing the words to his songs in his own handwriting along with changes to words and notes gives a personal view of his thought process rarely seen. Janie, Thank you do much for sharing him with us in this personal way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on December 9, 2012
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when the Name Jimi Hendrix is mentioned first thing that comes out is Great Guitar player and arguably considered the Greatest ever, however he is often under-appreciated in other forms of creativity and one of those things is his lyrical/poetic side and finally this book highlights that aspect of this man's talent and depths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Purdue on January 9, 2013
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I got this as a Christmas present for some long time friends. They loved it. The book is really nicely laid out. I would recommend this to any fan of Jimi or music of that era.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James D. Fisher Jr. on November 11, 2012
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This book centered around the lyrics of Jimi Hendrix is a sight to behold .A large coffee table book that that is beautiful.A lot of handwritten lyrics that had not been published before .Now together in one volume with photographs some are new to me as well being a long time Hendix fan.A must have for the for the true fan!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Blu on February 6, 2013
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I bought this book for my brother, who is a Jimi Hendrix fan and a musician. He loves the book!
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By Bc 911 on April 23, 2014
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This Is a very very high quality Jimi Hendrix lyric book and a must have for any Jimi Hendrix fan.
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By D. Miller on April 2, 2014
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Beautifully done, great photos mixed with samples of jimi's writing(usually on hotel stationary) A lot of hendrix material audio wise are things he never meant to release.....so as a result the songs, jams and live material sometimes share lyrical themes, or sections. Are there still mistakes? Yes, look over "message to love" for an example. The handwritten lyrics aren't always what made it on the album, by the way. A lot of unreleased material as well.
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By Nancy J on January 14, 2014
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This is a true work of art! It is a large (and heavy) coffee table book.
His handwriting alone is a reason to purchase this beautiful book. Compiled by his young sister and family.
Known for his compositions on a handy napkin or hotel stationary the copies are shown in living color! His lyrics are pure poetry
and wonderful to read on paper.
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