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VOODOO CHILD HC: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (Penguin Studio Books) Hardcover – April 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Studio Books
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kitchen Sink Press (April 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670867896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670867899
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Often cited as one of the most innovative and influential rock musicians, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix had a short and turbulent life, succumbing early, as did many other rock icons of his generation, to pressures generated by the conflicts between their creative visions and the economic imperatives of the music industry. He died of an overdose in 1970 at the age of 27. This collaborative tribute to Hendrix, described by one of its creators as "not so much outright biography as speculative fantasy," explores the excitement and the pitfalls of rock stardom sympathetically and perceptively. Lavishly and beautifully illustrated by Sienkiewicz (Electra: Assassin), this draws on the layout and narrative style of comic books to recreate Hendrix's life in a more impressionistic manner than standard bios typically permit. Much of the text is drawn from Hendrix's own letters, poetry and lyrics; also included is a CD collecting seven previously unreleased tracks written and performed by Hendrix. Given his legacy of musical innovation, Hendrix seems a particularly fitting subject for this kind of experimental biographical format, and the numerous contributors who put this together realize their dream-like vision of Hendrix masterfully. 100,000 first printing.
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This is a graphic docudrama, an account in comic-strip format of the turbulent life of rock star Jimi Hendrix. Like a cinematic docudrama, it hews to the events of Hendrix's career but creates dialogue and uses various devices--notably, snippets of Hendrix's lyrics as commentary on the action at appropriate moments--to heighten the drama of the guitarist's colorful life. Unfortunately, the events themselves are overly familar to most rock fans, and their treatment here generally falls into rock-star cliches. The banality of much of the imagined dialogue, which frequently lapses into sixties-speak ("Far out," "Dig it man" ), doesn't help. The project is saved, however, because it marks the return to comics of one of the medium's most innovative artists, Bill Sienkiewicz, who's been largely absent from the field for several years. His imaginative, evocative full-color illustrations and narrative mastery supply much-needed substance that turns a rock-bio-in-comics into a genuinely compelling package. Hendrix fans especially will also appreciate the accompanying 30-minute CD of previously unreleased home recordings. Gordon Flagg

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The book is really nice and worth the expense in all respects.
Antonio Menin
The material in it hardly makes this a historical work worthy of academic study.
Christopher Wanko
There's about 1,000 beautiful paintings of Hendrix in this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By comicApe on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
...are a great match. The paint is everywhere. It goes out in every direction, it folds back in on itself, it darts from realism to quick cartoon. It's alive and insane. It is, of course, everything you'd expect from Bill. I should have been LISTENING to Hendrix while reading it, but I didn't have to. It was in the painting.

Not to mention the text. Martin Green chronicles the major events of Jimi's life, to the detail of which order the songs came, where were the major concert appearances, what was Jimi trying to accomplish with each album. For me, not being that familiar with the facts, but loving the songs, it was really interesting. You empathize with Jimi. He may have been a rock god, but you get the sense that his short life was never particularly easy.

As insanely abstract as Sinz. can get, the likeness he nails of Jimi is uncanny. It's obvious the artist really enjoyed painting him. There's about 1,000 beautiful paintings of Hendrix in this book. Some realistic, some hallucinogenic, some celebratory, and some sad.

Rarely is this kind of comment said about a book...but the typesetting is great. Many comics don't even experiment with the lettering, it's just functional. But reality is, that it's too big a part of the experience to not inject some art into it. That's why movies spend millions on sound. Anyway, in this book, the lettering's just really intelligent. Hats off to letterer Bobbi Bongard with (I would imagine) much help from Sienkiewicz.

One last touch I really like is the use of Hendrix's lyrics to accent the story. Every few pages, a scene from Jimi's life is accompanied by song lyrics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danny De Raymaeker on August 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Even if comics are not your thing, the art of Bill Sienkiewicz should win you over to buy this book. About 140 pages of fully painted and truly outstanding art, make this book a landmark even in Sienkiewicz' oeuvre. It is a special delight to see him experimenting with mixed media and the computer and break out of the traditional constraints of the comics medium.
As far as the quality of the biographical facts is concerned, let's suffice to say that a more than fair amount of research has been done, but that the presentation of the material is pretty biased. Of course Hendrix was always a saintly and lovable guy. He never had a serious drugs problem and when he was busted for drugs possession he was obviously framed. What did him in finally were certainly not his drug habits but the Big Bad Suits of the record companies and his fiendish Agent, who conspired to impose an inhuman touring scheme on the poor artist, who finally died of sheer exhaustion (helped along maybe by a sleeping pill or two...). You get the picture...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By adam pollack on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, or rather gazing in awe at the amazingly beautiful illustrations which tell in such an interesting way of the puzzling life of perhaps the greatest guitarist who has ever lived, I am left with a heightened respect for Bill Sienkiewicz. In addition, quotes from Jimi himself as well as song lyrics and a previously unreleased cd compliment the work and ensure its place at the top of any others in its genre. A must own for any fan of James Marshall Hendrix or Bill Sienkiewicz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BLUES GYPSY on March 16, 2007
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i feel compelled to add my endorsement of this truly beauty-full tribute to Jimi Hendrix's artistry as the other reviews do not emphasize enough how wonder-full the CD of Jimi's home recordings are... as beauty-full as the book's cover & contents are to the eye- it is the CD that leaves me in awe of Jimi Hendrix as a creative composer !!! the simple, naked portrait of a genius at work creating the foundations of some of his finest music & poetry is tremendously educational as well as inspiringly wonder-full for any other guitarist & songwriter to listen to as well as experience... it reminds any admiring artist how much simple, hard work is involved in the labore of Love that is the basis a genius's legacy... one is able to observe the creative process of Hendrix's genius as you can hear him attempting to evolve his creations before going into the studio to extrapolate them into "Electric Church" anthems... it is simply amazing to experience Jimi so nakedly raw & working soul-lovingly on music that would later become his legend !!! i love the artwork in the book & i adore the book's cover portrait BUT it is the CD that makes this exquisite package "essentially vital" to anyone who truly adores this genius's exceptional talents & treasures... "Fly On, My Sweet Angel"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grant Green on October 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I quite like the art in this book, but sorry, it was the cd that got me STOKED!!!
It is jimi alone, in his bedroom or apartment? playing on an electric guitar and singing a bit...playing some familiar riffs of his, but moreso just the feel the flavour is very very personal as you hear him flip through pages of his notebook between tracks...on one track the phone rings and he keeps jamming through the song!! very intimate and personal, a rare look at the genius, the man that was JMH> SO, i bought this a few times before i realised NEVER LEND>
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