- Publisher: St Martins Pr (October 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312146264
- ISBN-13: 978-0312146269
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix Paperback – October, 1996
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Both this book and its contents, as well as Monika Dannemann, exist at a strange dual level of tensioned paradox. On one level you have the true feelings and artwork of a woman who possessed one of the closest relationships to Jimi anyone ever had. The paradox evidences itself in the fact the person with some of the least chronological time with Jimi just so happened to cover his personal mythology in the most extensive detail. This is accompanied by 25 years of Hendrix-based artwork shown in plate illustrations in the book. I say without embarrassment some of those canvases are priceless art that has yet to have its value realized. Monika's talent could be called primitive, Germanic, cosmic, abstract, symbolic style with each painting incorporating a figure of Jimi into the symbolism. If you read the book you'll understand that Monika actually developed this style in obedience to the communication of visual art Jimi instructed her to create as an expression of his inner world. When viewed through this prism Monika establishes herself as one of the best Hendrix translators and apostles. Monika imparts precious explanations by Jimi himself of his most sacred personal beliefs and an index of Jimi's symbolic code in his lyrics and colors. She then takes it one step further and continues to carry-out Jimi's wishes for her to paint these things visually over the following 25 years up to her death. In effect Monika remained faithful to Hendrix's spiritual/missionary artistic ambitions. And so we see one of the most dedicated and colorful Hendrix witnesses in this side of Monika.
However, what is tragic and unavoidable is people with better knowledge of Hendrix are forced to look at a second story enclosed in this book. Monika was not only a spiritual witness to Jimi but was the woman in whose London flat Jimi died. Unfortunately, because of this, all the beautiful colorful Hendrix wonderland Monika paints in the first prism is spoiled by the fact she was involved in a very notorious murder scandal involving the subject of her book. No matter how magical an inner world Monika achieves through the first prism it ends up being crashed by the terrible realization the second prism contained in this book exposes a very ugly scandal involving Jimi's death and Monika's attempts to lie around it. The sad fact is anyone with good Hendrix knowledge would know right away that 'Inner World' is an attempt to mask Monika's knowledge of Jimi's murder behind plush curtains of Hendrix interior decoration, and that in itself is tragic.
What Monika is trying to do in this book is get around her role in Hendrix's death. Unfortunately she is aided by the British Government in this effort when it determined there was no reason to re-open the investigation in 1994. Monika tells us that favorable conditions suddenly appeared that led to the publishing of the book. What she doesn't tell us is that Scotland Yard's decision to never reinvestigate the case is what gave her the feeling it would be safe to do so. Monika is a tragic figure because she's caught in between on the murder. She tries to get around this by suggesting a strange unidentified compound found in Jimi's body at the autopsy was some kind of secret drug used to murder him. This is the mechanism Monika uses to relieve her guilt over not admitting the truth. Monika walks a thin line between denying the evidence that she lied about what happened and hinting that Jimi was murdered. And this is how she negotiates not having to admit the truth.
What makes this a particularly sad venture is the fact Monika uses outright lies by Scotland Yard to defend her own lies and in doing this condemns both herself and Scotland Yard. For anyone who studies this case will see, she denies that which can't be denied, and ignores multitudes of other condemning evidence that make her attempts foolish. The sad culmination and final verdict on 'Inner World' is, unfortunately, Monika's death shortly after the book's publication. By attempting this dual deception Monika managed to lock some condemning conflicts into writing that she would have had to answer for. So whether Monika committed suicide, or was about to expose Jimi's real murderers and was killed for it, 'Inner World' was definitely the source of that event, and the particular cause was her finally having to tell the real truth about how Jimi died.
The reason 'Inner World' is such a highly valuable collector's item is because people are still unaware of its intrinsic value and that in itself shows why it's valuable. The book is a cracked mirror into which a very important witness to both Jimi Hendrix and his murder looks while pretending to not notice the cracks. And because of this 'Inner World' exists in a very rare niche of eccentric publications caught in the midst of an as of yet major unresolved murder mystery. So whether Monika Dannemann was a sinister Mata Hari involved in the murder itself, or hapless victim forced to stay quiet, 'Inner World' is a potent time-bomb ready to burst from the potential energy stored within its ignominious content under tension. A potential so strong and dangerous that it has already directly led to the demise of its author. Only rare books can do that without most people noticing.
I don't take much truth in the book after earlier reading from several sources that the author just barely knew Hendrix and was not engaged or anything else to him.It's a sad story all the way around. In fact from later evidence, Hendrix was murdered by his manager and Monika had to stick with her story in order to keep alive herself although she later "committed suicide" after she was exposed in court by his ex girlfriend Kathy who knew there was more to the story.Doing some investigation into his death will open many people's eyes to what really happened, as it wasn't just a case of him choking on his vomit that killed him.It's a sick horrible story and it should have had the case reopened and investigated further, even though the culprit (Mike Jefferies) who killed him died later on.There's too much evidence/facts behind his murder and this book is a very bizarre tale written by someone who didn't know him very well, but just to cover her own involvement in his murder. Jimi needs justice and hopefully one day it will be done.
It does though makes a nice coffee table book and good for those who have a collection of Hendrix memorabilia..
And what is this BIG STEP?
Monika (one of Jimi's main girlfriends and fiancé') looks at only the good side of Jimi. She insists on holding him in the light, NO MATTER WHAT! Saints tell us to try to focus on the good in everyone, even if another has gone astray. Monika Dannemann shows us the light and love that resided in Jimi's heart, and she would know, because of the serendipitous relationship they both shared with each other. From all the information, insight & investigation I have gathered on Hendrix over the years, I would agree with Monika that Jimi disclosed his innermost true self to her, to which no interview, no other friend, band mate or acquaintance had the opportunity to discover about Jimi.
In this book, you will hear for the first time Jimi's deep truth and experiences he had with God, Angels, spirits, astral travel, past life karma, and eternal principles. You will also experience visually, Jimi's metaphysical outlook along with him playing guitar put into Monika's beautiful paintings, which, Jimi encouraged Monika to do (but it was first Monika's desire to paint Jimi in this way.) This book is LOADED with Monika's paintings-WOW, is she ever talented! (I wish they made t-shirts from her artwork!)
You will also read about the meanings behind the lyrics Jimi wrote for his songs as told to Monika by Jimi himself! So these are not mere commentaries on Hendrix songs, but the real deal coming from the man who wrote them.
There is so much more in this book to discover, and there's only one-way to discover it...BUY IT!!! IT'S
W-A-Y WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!
One last comment I will add: Like a small innocent child who doesn't understand the pain of an adult who's dying from cancer, Monika was unaware of the depth of suffering Jimi was experiencing inside himself. It is true that Jimi lived an addicted life to sex & drugs to which brought on much pain & confusion. Jimi was running away from his problems and his fears surmounted because of it. Monika doesn't see this part of Jimi and maybe, it's just as well.
Happy reading everyone! -Tommy D. from Connecticut-USA.
PS-my other recommendation after reading Monika's book is `Are You Experienced?' by Jimi's Bass player-Noel Reading (much of it culled from Noel's personal diary he kept while on the road with the JHE.) It's delightfully funny and shows the darker side of the `Jimi Hendrix Experience' experience. You can find it right here on Amazon!