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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles R. Cross Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN:
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For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

Based on more than 300 interviews and never-before-seen private documents, this audiobook recounts the entire arc of Hendrix's life, from his troubled childhood and struggle with racial prejudice to his rapid ascent in swinging London, his headlining at Woodstock in 1969, and his death a year later. As colorful and large as the decade of the 60s, this biography gives the real Hendrix the immortality he deserves.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ola | 2/16/2014

    " I liked this one. It gives an insight into Hendrix's birth up until his last hours of life. A great music bio, for his fans and non-fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessicat | 2/13/2014

    " This is a well researched bio! And very informative. I heart Hendrix "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemar | 2/7/2014

    " Meticulous research makes for a clear look at this man who became a legend in his own brief time. Cross does not employ flashy prose to bring this flashy artist to life but is able to put us there in each phase of his life so that we understand (his take on) Jimi and the prevailing atmosphere in which he found himself. Written at the perfect moment (2005) when passions and legal wrangling had mostly subsided yet many of the protagonist were still around to be interviewed, Cross is the perfect writer, a fan but never a fanatic, to write Jimi's biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/6/2014

    " I don't normally enjoy biographies, but this one is incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 1/31/2014

    " A well written account of how Jimi Hendrix evolved into the master guitarist known all over the world. He grew up in Seattle in a brokene home, desperately poor. He receives his first guitar at age 9 or 10 and from that point on he never stops learning his instrument, eventually becoming what many considered the best guitarist in the world. His rise to stardom was classic. He spent years on the road playing with different bands and barely making a living. Musicians appreciated his genius but it did not get him recognition or a record deal. He probably never would have been discovered if he hadn't met and become friendly with Keith Richards' (Rolling Stone guitarist) girlfriend, who brought him to England and introduced him to the right peoploe. Stardom then came quickly. He was intensely creative, writing many of the songs he performed, but also covering other artists. He loved Dylan, and Dylan is said to have loved his covers -- such as All Along the Watchtower. The Beatles, too, were early fans. The downward spiral is unfortunately predictable. It is our loss. Jimi had what seemed an endless source of inspiration and a real artists soul. I am not a huge Hendrix fan but I was intrigued and I'm glad to have listened to this book. Well read by the narrator, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 1/31/2014

    " really detailed & well written. will make you want to listen to Jimi Hendrix! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/23/2014

    " Many intimate details of Jimi's domestic life interspersed with the music. A must read for Hendrix fans. Jimi was such a gentle soul.....misunderstood would be an understatement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 1/15/2014

    " Read about the life and times of Jimi Hendrix. good so far! I am done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Sargent | 1/7/2014

    " The music of the 60's and 70's has always been a great time in history, but almost all of it is thanks to Jimi Hendrix's legendary guitar playing. No guitarist will ever come close to matching his influence. Some may be better technical players, others better songwriters, but they all fail in comparison to the way Hendrix changed the sound of the electric guitar. A bit graphic like most biographies, Room Full of Mirrors is a deeply personal look at Hendrix's upbringing, lifestyle, and eventual tragic death. Well not the definitive biography on his character, Cross's work is entertaining and trustworthy. Anyone interested in Jimi Hendrix's life or the music of his time period should check this out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/4/2014

    " If you don't like Jimi Hendrix, read this book anyway....You will like him once you've read it. nuff said "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will M | 1/2/2014

    " I have to agree with most of these reviews. The book is rather elongated and contains a number of small details, many of which do not further the book much. However, in general, Room Full of Mirrors is an excellent account of the rather crazy life of one of the most famous guitarists of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/15/2013

    " For any Hendrix fan this book was great. Lots of details about his early life, without any fluff and treated him as a musician, albeit a very gifted one. Lot's of great information I never knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Zagoridis | 11/12/2013

    " Excellent read. Charles R. Cross known his shit. Extremely in depth look at Jimi's life, death and legacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Hamon | 10/18/2013

    " READ THIS BOOK! AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coni | 10/14/2013

    " takes u back to the 60's ...well researched ...fast read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Noble | 7/25/2013

    " I really liked how the author described Hendrix's past and how it shaped him towards his subsequent lifestyle and work ethic. Really good bio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Hovanesian | 6/30/2013

    " An amazing biography. For anyone who has any interest whatsoever in the music or life of Jimi Hendrix, this is a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 12/11/2012

    " AWESOME read for any of you Hendrix fans out there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suraj | 8/18/2012

    " Came as a gift... one of my fav musicians... the book does thorough justice to the man.... must read if you are a hendrix fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarik | 7/4/2012

    " The only Hendrix biography I've read, but it seemed like a decent one. Intriguing glimpse into his musical and personal history. I never realized just how many bands and other artists he played with before getting famous. Lots of fun stories, like Jimi getting blazed with Paul McCartney haha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin Lucas | 6/6/2012

    " It was a great book i liked it alot because it tells all about Jimi Hendrix and how he was in real life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra Nye | 6/5/2012

    " This book I had a hard time to put down. It was filled with lots of information about him that I didn't even know. It was great to learn that he was part Canadian and had joined the army. This is a must read for anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/22/2012

    " Well-balanced. Paints a sympathetic portrait of a sad life. Does a good job with themes of family and race. Essential piece of Seattle history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 1/22/2012

    " a pretty in-depth accounting of Jimi..though he really was in the Army 101st Airborne, never did he actually do any jumps before bailing out of the service...his fragmented and dysfunctional childhood in Seattle was heartbreaking, though he was much in tune with himself and the world about him ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 6/5/2011

    " Started in 2005, finished in 2011. Liked it alot, just got busy with life so was delayed in finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/6/2010

    " One of the biggest musical influences of my life! Great book.

    "You might be listening to Jimi, but you're not hearing Jimi!" --Wesley Snipes in White Men Can't Jump.
    --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonny | 10/27/2010

    " i think its a great book. We realize how messed up he is and how we shouldnt end up like him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergeeo0o | 7/24/2010

    " I learned where the music I love so much came from, what created the inspiration for this man to do what he did so extraordinarily well. Would recommend this to any and every Hendrix fan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessicat | 6/15/2010

    " This is a well researched bio! And very informative. I heart Hendrix "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/2/2010

    " A book supposedly revealing startling facts about the guitar wonder. It was interesting but I'm not sure I'm convinced that the authors conclusions are the truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 3/27/2010

    " a pretty in-depth accounting of Jimi..though he really was in the Army 101st Airborne, never did he actually do any jumps before bailing out of the service...his fragmented and dysfunctional childhood in Seattle was heartbreaking, though he was much in tune with himself and the world about him ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin | 3/19/2010

    " It was a great book i liked it alot because it tells all about Jimi Hendrix and how he was in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/27/2010

    " Good look into Jimi's life from birth to death and what happend before and after he made it, last few chapters are a little boring but over all a good book. "

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