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The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. You can use this guide as a means of discovering more about Jimi Hendrix.
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    Books

    Below are just a few of the books relating to Hendrix that are available for use in the Library Reading Room.

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    Crosstown traffic : Jimi Hendrix and post-war pop - Charles Shaar Murray
    Call Number: ML420.H46 M87 1989b
    In the thirty years since Jimi Hendrix died his influence has not diminished - for many musicians Hendrix represents the distillation of the counter-culture, while his distinctive style is constantly revived and mimicked by performers today. This book traces the sources of Hendrix's talent, showing how his knowledge of black musical traditions enabled him to cross racial barriers and achieve legendary status as both musician and performer.

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    Hendrix on Hendrix - Steven Roby (Editor)
    Call Number: ML420.H46 A3 2012
    In this book Hendrix recalls for reporters his heartbreaking childhood and his grueling nights on the Chitlin’ Circuit. He jokes with the judge and the jury on the witness stand, telling them that the incense in his bag was for hiding bad kitchen odors. He explains to an American TV audience that his concept of “Electric Church Music” is intended to wash their souls and give them a new direction. And in his final interview, just days before his death, he discloses that he wants to be remembered as not just another guitar player.

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    Jimi Hendrix - Leon Hendrix; Adam Mitchell
    Call Number: ML420.H46 H466 2012
    Leon Hendrix takes us back to the days before Jimi’s amazing rise to fame, beginning with their tough childhood in Seattle, when their fascination with science fiction and UFOs helped them escape a difficult family life. (Jimi insisted his family call him “Buster,” after Flash Gordon actor Buster Crabbe.) The author reveals Jimi’s early fascination with sound, from his experiments with plucking wires attached to bedposts to the time when he got in trouble for taking apart the family radio (“I was looking for the music,” he explained) to Jimi’s purchasing his first guitar—a Sears, Roebuck and Co. acoustic, from a neighbor.

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    Jimi Hendrix - The Lyrics - Jimi Hendrix; Janie L. Hendrix (Editor)
    Call Number: ML54.6.H46 U58 2012
    Here are all the words to the Hendrix classics you've rocked along to for years, as well as unpublished songs from Valleys of Neptune and other hitherto undiscovered sources. It includes numerous examples of Jimi's handwritten lyrics, often scribbled on hotel stationery, as well as photos of Jimi to accompany every song. Much of this material has never been seen before. Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyrics Book will give you a glimpse of the lyricist behind the songs, a songwriter whose words were just as searing as his solos.

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    Room Full of Mirrors - Charles R. Cross
    Call Number: ML420.H46 C76 2006
    From Booklist
    Vet rock scribe Cross delivers one of the best biographies to date of the late guitar god Jimi Hendrix. Although there is no shortage of bios--or posthumously released recordings--of Hendrix, Cross distinguishes this effort with information gleaned from interviews with primary sources, including Hendrix's surviving family members. Cross is able to provide a fresher and more detailed portrait than appeared in Al Hendrix's (Jimi's deceased father) autobiography, including updates on the intra-family squabbles caused by Al's will.

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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Marcus Hearn
    Call Number: ML420.H46 J56E97 2011
    There was simply no one else releasing records with Hendrix's blend of emotion and toughness: a blues sensibility filtered through the latest electronic effects. In 1967, he triumphantly returned to the U.S. for the Monterey Pop Festival and instant superstardom. This collection of images follows Hendrix's career from the earliest London shows and the 1967 tours to the "quiet period" of 1968-69.

     

    CDs

    These are some sound recordings of Hendrix available at the Library and Archives.

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    Are you experienced - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Call Number: CD HEND AREY 2010
    As emblematic of its time as of its sorcerer-like creator, 1967's Are You Experienced unleashed Jimi Hendrix onto a world in the midst of such cultural and musical shakeups that it really didn't seem as "far out" as it actually was. It wasn't just Hendrix's virtuosic skill as a pure player that was so impressive; it was, even more, the range and scope of sheer sound that he coaxed, cajoled, and ripped out of his instrument. --Billy Altman

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    Band of gypsys - Jimi Hendrix [and Band of Gypsys]
    Call Number: CD HEND BAND 1991
    The last album that Jimi authorized prior to his death, Band Of Gypsys, is also an album of much controversy. It was recorded to satisfy a recording contract that Jimi signed prior to meeting Chas Chandler and forming The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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    First rays of the new rising sun - Jimi Hendrix
    Call Number: CD HEND FIRS 2010
    First Rays of the New Rising Sun is a posthumous album containing previous released recordings. Released in 1997, it is an attempt to recreate the album Hendrix was working on at the time of his death in 1970.

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    Isle of Wight - Jimi Hendrix
    Call Number: CD HEND ISLE 1991
    This album documents Hendrix's performance at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970. Isle of Wight contains just part of the concert. The entire performance was released on the 2002 album Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight.

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    Live at Berkeley - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Call Number: CD HEND LIVE-B 2012
    Hendrix had filled the spacious, nearby Oakland Coliseum the previous year and could have easily done so again, but elected for the more intimate theater setting at this venue.

     

    DVDs

    These are some DVDs relating to Hendrix available for viewing at the Library and Archives.

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    Hendrix, Band of Gypsys - executive producers, Janie Hendrix, John McDermott ; producers, Chips Chipperfield, Neil Aspinall ; director Bob Smeaton
    Call Number: DVD HEND BAND 2011
    Jimi Hendrix's legendary performances with the Band Of Gypsys remain one of his most impressive achievements. Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsys Live At The Fillmore East features the only known footage of the group in concert. All of the existing black and white video footage of the group's January 1, 1970 first show is presented in its original performance sequence.

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    Jimi Hendrix:live at Woodstock - produced by Janie Hendrix and John McDermott ; co-produced by Bill Rush
    Call Number: DVD HEND LIVE-WO 2010
    This special two-disc DVD and Blu-ray presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Live At Woodstock stands as the definitive record of one of Jimi's most celebrated performances.

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    Jimi plays Berkeley - DVD produced by Janie Hendrix & John McDermott for Experience Hendrix L.L.C. ; produced by Peter Pilafian
    Call Number: DVD HEND JIMI 2003
    Original documentary filmed at Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970.

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    The complete Monterey Pop Festival : original film, the festival, and live recordings - Criterion Collection presents ; produced by Lou Adler and John Phillips ; a film by D.A. Pennebaker
    Call Number: BRD COLL COMP-M 2009
    The Monterey International Pop Festival, the three-day event staged in 1967 that has become one of rock music's most famous and in some ways greatest concerts, gets the royal treatment with this three-disc boxed set.

    Archival Collections

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    There are individual items of interest on Jimi Hendrix in the following:

    There are numerous materials related to Hendrix in the following:

    • ARC-0029 Herb Staehr Collection
      Audio and video recordings of live performances, television and radio appearances.
    • ARC-0036 Bomp! Records Collection
      Audio recordings of live performances and radio appearances.
    • ARC-0037 Jeff Gold Collection
      Contains posters, artist and subject files, and audiovisual materials related to Jimi Hendrix, including a rare and comprehensive vinyl record collection and materials documenting his live performances and the albums Electric Ladyland, Rainbow Bridge, and The Cry of Love.
    • ARC-0043 Jimi Hendrix Lyrics (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Collection)
      Jimi Hendrix's original, handwritten lyrics to the song "Purple Haze" on crumpled, yellow note paper.
    • ARC-0051 John Platt Collection
      Audio and video recordings of live performances, album outtakes, television and radio appearances.
    • ARC-0072 Ed Chalpin Papers
      Contains photographs of Jimi Hendrix early in his career with the New York-based R&B band, Curtis Knight and the Squires, as well as materials related to the legal dispute between Chalpin and various parties over Hendrix's 3-year "exclusive artist productions writing contract" with Chalpin, which gave the artist only 1% of any royalties that his recordings earned and the sum of "one dollar."
     

    Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix Experience Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

     

    Jimi Hendrix Experience performs at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1992

     

    Jimi Hendrix Experience accepts award at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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