Edward Willett

Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky (American Rebels)

Jimi Hendrix

Published by Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Library Binding, 160 pages, ISBN 0766024490

A biography of the the greatest electric guitarist of all time.

“From the American Rebels series, this biography introduces electric-guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix. Readers may be tempted to skim the opening pages, which explore Hendrix’s family tree back to the 1800s and chronicle his chaotic childhood, but when young Jimi shells out five dollars for a guitar with one string, the narrative finds its focus. Providing telling details, Willett supplies the main facts of Hendrix’s early days in various bands, his breakout festival performances, and his life leading up to his death at the age of 27. Sidebars with heads such as “A Nasty Drunk” and “LSD” comment on seamier aspects of the singer’s life. A few photos illustrate the text, and a chronology, chapter notes for the many quotes, a selected discography, and short lists of books and Web sites enrich this good, basic introduction to Hendrix’s life and the reasons for his enduring fame.” — Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

“Willett’s description of Jimi Hendrix is…objective. Hendrix’s difficult childhood, drug problems, and lack of business sense are depicted along with his career as an influential artist responsible for changing music forever with his innovative use of the electric guitar. The only flaw in this book is the difficulty in keeping track of the many people involved in Hendrix’s amazing career. Willett’s description of Hendrix’s death leaves the reader to decide if it was an accident or suicide. The final chapter describes the lengthy legal battles over the Hendrix estate…This series is excellent, well-written and full of detail, but not bogged down with minutiae…young readers are certain to enjoy the stories of these famously rebellious artists.” – Heather Pittman, VOYA

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