'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

by David Henderson

Jimi Hendrix's explosion onto the rock and roll scene is one of the most remarkable legends in music history.Fusing blues, jazz, and outrageous psychdelia, Hendrix scored multitudes of devoted fans with his frenzied, irreverent guitar playing, singing, and song-writing. And at the age of twenty-seven, when his private nightmares caught up with his dreams, he died in a torrent of drugs and alcohol. More than a decade after his death, Hendrix is still considered by millions to be the greatest guitarist in rock and roll history.Now, David Henderson has captured the essence of Hendrix's intense, apocalyptic, and ultimately tragic life in this brilliantly researched, deeply honest and totally moving biography.Here is Hendrix, the REALHendrix--his boyhood in Seattle, his years in a crack U.S. paratroop regiment, his growing reputation as the best sideman in the business, his manic trip through superstardom, the songs, the concerts, the flaming guitars, the acid, the booze, and, most important, the incomparable legacy he left behind.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Music
  • Rating: 3.81
  • Pages: 411
  • Publish Date: December 1st 1982 by Bantam
  • Isbn10: 0553259857
  • Isbn13: 9780553259858

What People Think about "'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix"

Henderson discusses in the afterward how he assembled information from many, many sources in a narrative, meaning he's making it up as he goes along and feeling fine about it because these scenes are based on fact. The documentary features interviews with family and friends and is ultimately more informative than this book is. Al paints a rather different picture than Leon Hendrix, Jimi's brother. During his interviews for 'Scuse Me..., Al sure as hell didn't mention Joseph, Jimi and Leon's brother who Al forced their mother to give up for adoption.

Henderson nails all the beats in terms of Hendrix's early life, loves, military history, major drug use, relationships, friendships, and most importantly the music.

I read David Henderson's biography of Jimi Hendrix for the first time in the summer of 1986, when I became obsessed with Hendrix's music. It's quite good at covering Hendrix's time on the chitlin' circuit and how he would constantly get in trouble for his wild performances with the Isley Brothers. At Hendrix's career peak, he was a dichotomy of black music mixed with white culture. The weak point of the book is Henderson's theory of Hendrix's death--the "ambulance theory." It is an assertion I accepted as truth for years, until I read other bios which effectively dispelled the theory as bogus.

Rather than compose a "just-the-facts, ma'm" narrative approach, Henderson choose to paint his own picture of Jimi Hendrix's life through a mixture of imagination, poetic license...and yes, actual, well-researched facts and quotations. I also appreciated the author's use of "poetic license" to paint the impression of what it was like to actually be Jimi Hendrix, and take a trip inside his mind. When reading "'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix," I felt angry at all of the factors that contributed to the demise of someone so very talented, so very wise and brilliant. Ugh. That all said, "'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix" was a book I picked up when I was 13 or 14 years old, and only skimmed through in the past, never reading the entire thing. With that in mind, despite my complaints, I am so very glad that I finally took the time to read "'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix" cover-to-cover, and learn more about one of my heroes, the late, and forever great Jimi Hendrix.

The writer is also prone to conspiracy theories.

Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky by David Henderson is the only full story of Hendrixs extraordinary life. Henderson describes Jimis songs verse by verse with beautiful words that flow with the rhythm of a beautiful Hendrix guitar solo. The dark side of Hendrix isnt talked about much, but this book gives you the full, unbiased story that many people have no idea ever happened. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Jimis music. This book really gives you an idea for how extraordinary Hendrix was as a person and musician. If you play guitar, this is a really great book, and if you like biographies, this is the best one Ive ever read.