Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix
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Wild Thing is the first biography to bring together the splendour and sadness of Jimi Hendrix’s brief life and to unravel the mystery of his final hours. Every guitar superstar still bows down to Hendrix’s musical genius and magical showmanship. On stage he pushed the boundaries of Sixties permissiveness, fellating the strings of the guitar with his tongue, lying it flat and straddling it, even setting fire to it. Yet in private he was polite, shy and strangely unconfident. Philip Norman will take us from Hendrix’s dreadful childhood in Seattle to his louche and glamorous life at the heart of “Swinging London” in the ‘60s, then back in triumph to the US and his appearance at the Woodstock festival, still regarded as one of the defining moments of the decade. After all these years of rumour and speculation, Hendrix’s ghost is finally laid to rest.
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