Jimi Hendrix FAQ
Jimi Hendrix FAQ
All That’s Left to Know About the Voodoo Child
by Gary J. Jucha
foreword by Lenny Kaye
MONTCLAIR, NJ—Jimi Hendrix left the world too soon at the age of twenty-seven, but, despite the brevity of his career, Hendrix set the stage for many of the most significant musical movements to emerge between 1970 and 1999. “His sonic fretprints gathered all the earthen streams of popular music—the rock & roll, the rhythm & blues, the surf & turf—and propelled them into our future, where they await us today,” writes musician/producer Lenny Kaye. Voodoo bluesman, sonic producer, the lyricist that out-Dylaned Dylan: the Hendrix mystique still fascinates and enthralls us forty years after his death, as does his “aw, shucks” smile in photos and the raw sexuality of his concert performances.
Jimi Hendrix FAQ (Backbeat Books, March 2013, $22.99) by Gary J. Jucha is a fast-moving, fan-friendly read that looks at Hendrix’s neglected childhood, his stint as an American paratrooper, the chitlin’ circuit veteran, an overnight success, his mysterious death, and dueling estates. Jucha also includes the cast of people in his life, from cameos to bandmates and friends, including Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and others. With chapters that focus on themes in his lyrics, his guest appearances, his films, his unheard music, and even a “Hendrixian library,” Jimi Hendrix FAQ presents the facts of a life that did not end with a burial, sure to intrigue the casual listeners as much as surprise the hardcore Hendrix fans.
Gary J. Jucha (Roswell, GA), a.k.a. Gary Bombardier, was the chief executive editor of Hellbomb, for which he has written memorable pieces on the Clash, Patti Smith, the Butthole Surfers, and more. Jucha is currently wrapping up a book on the Clash, the making of their magnum opus Sandinista!, and the band’s legendary Bonds residency in Times Square in 1981.
March 26, 2013 9781617130953 $22.99 Paperback 6″ x 9″
400 pages B&W photos throughout
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group