Starting At Zero: His Own Story

Starting At Zero: His Own Story

Jimi Hendrix

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1620403323

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst musical giants. But what of the man behind the public image? Modest and intensely private by nature, Jimi was shrouded in intrigue from the moment he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time.

Much has been written about him by experts, fans, and critics-some of it true and some of it not. He did, however, leave his own account of himself, locked away like a Chinese puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries, and even stage raps. Starting At Zero brings all these elements together in narrative form. The result is an intimate, funny, and poetic memoir-one that tells, for the first time, Jimi's own story as only he could tell it.

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want to turn people on and let them know what’s happening. That’s my reason for being around. THE ONLY WAY I CAN EXPLAIN MYSELF thoroughly is through songs. Most of the songs, like Purple Haze and Wind Cries Mary were about ten pages long, but then I had to break them all down. Maybe some of the meanings got lost by breaking them down, which is such a drag. The trouble is that a single has to be under six minutes. It used to be under three, which was a real hang-up. It’s like you used to be

but it was a hint of what we were trying to do. It’s a place you wouldn’t put your grandmother, and it’s dedicated to the plainclothes police and other goofballs. On Up From The Skies it’s thanks to Mitch for the jazz. It’s the story of a guy who’s been on earth before but on a different turning of the axis. Now he’s come back to find this scene happening, like people laying up in gray buildings and so forth, dusting away. And people run around shouting, “Oh love the world, love the world!”

let’s play this in E. Now a-one and a-two and a-three,” and then we went into it. Except for Watchtower and Burning Of The Midnight Lamp, it was all recorded at Record Plant studios in New York. Watchtower comes from British sessions and was recorded as a single. It’s our own arrangement. We used this solo guitar as different types of sounds, as slide, then wah-wah and then straight. You just don’t do everybody’s songs, and if you’re going to do them you don’t necessarily have to copy them.

the things I did because I just felt like it at the time. I’d say, “Maybe I should smash a guitar or something tonight,” and they’d say, “Yeah, that’ll be cool.” So I worked up enough anger so I could do it. It was fun! Maybe everybody should have a room where they can get rid of all their inhibitions. My room was a stage. But you can only freak out when you feel like it. I used to feel like it a lot, but not anymore. You’d have a heart attack if you were doing it every night like I was. I’d be

say. There’s so much rubbish going on by. I wish it wasn’t so important to me. I wish I could just turn my mind off, you know, forget about the scene. But I worry about my music. You worry about anything you’ve built your whole life around. I’m here to communicate. That’s my reason for being around, it’s what it’s all about. I want to turn people on and let them know what’s happening. Even if they have nine-to-five jobs and come back to the TV, that’s what counts, to keep turned on. {ANOTHER

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