Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix packed so much into so few years, leaping forward musically with each innovation. This remarkable record of Hendrix’s creative process brings to light new details about each of his recording sessions and live performances. Covering the years between his discharge from the army in 1963 and his tragic early death in 1970, Ultimate Hendrix traces the evolution of his sound session by session, day by day.
Complete with all-new interviews with bandmates and studio staff, candid conversations transcribed directly from the raw tapes, and rarely seen photos of Hendrix in the studio, this book offers an intimate portrait of an artist at work. Author John McDermott, bassist Billy Cox, and sound engineer and photographer Eddie Kramer had complete, unprecedented access to Hendrix’s tape library, and they cover it all — from Hendrix’s early hand-to-mouth days traveling the South, to the freewheeling 1968 Hollywood sessions, to the celebrated recordings at his own Electric Lady Studios.
About the authors:
John McDermott is the author of three books on Jimi Hendrix, including Hendrix: Setting the Record Straight. He has co-produced every Jimi Hendrix CD and DVD release, including the four-CD box set The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Legendary producer Eddie Kramer engineered every Jimi Hendrix album from Are You Experienced? to The Cry of Love. Bassist Billy Cox played with Hendrix at Woodstock and at all of his live appearances and recordings in 1969 and 1970, including the classic Band of Gypsys.
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Live Concerts and Sessions
by John McDermott with Eddie Kramer and Billy Cox
Published by Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard
March / $34.95 / Paperback / ISBN: 978-0-87930-938-1
256 pages / four-color throughout
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