Sunday, September 28, 2008

Room Full of Mirrors

I've been reading Charles R Cross's biography of Jimi Hendrix; Room Full Of Mirrors. As a biography it's OK, it's pretty detailed and does what it needs to do. As you read it you realise just how short Hendrix's career was. Hendrix released his first album (Are You Experienced) in 1967, two more studio albums (Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland) in 1967 and 1968 respectively and it was all over on 18th September 1970.

Are You Experienced? was no.2 in the UK charts that year (the year I was born). It was only topped by Sergeant Pepper, regarded by many as the greatest pop album ever, so I picked up a copy of it. Quite frankly, it's a bit cack really. I mean, there are some nice jingly-jangly little compositions and all, but nothing of the power and emotional impact of other great pop artists recording during that era like Hendrix, Marvin Gaye etc. Then again I've never really understood what the appeal of The Beatles was, all their stuff is pleasant enough and there's a lot of it but there's nothing that really grabs you by the balls.

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