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The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix Paperback – Oct 15 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vhps Trade (Oct. 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312146264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312146269
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 26 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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this is the most pure and fact proving book I have ever read that even mentions Jimi Hendrix. This book tells of his REAL life, not the life people who thought they could put him in his place have given him. A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. Do you know how or why he died? No you don't. read it to find the true Jimi the one who didn't commit suicide, the one that was one of the numerous victims to malpractice.
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By A Customer on March 30 1999
Format: Paperback
What a beautiful display of art and love.My copy was accidently binded backwards, probably a message to love by jimi, and packed with good vibes and heavenly artwork. Interesting that she left this realm after completing...but thanks for what they left us. Hendrix lives on in this one.
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By A Customer on June 27 2000
Format: Paperback
The artwork is worth the money. There's a full color piece on almost every other page. Monika is an extraordinarily gifted painter. She also has much insight in to the legend that is Hendrix. (Hard Cover Edition)
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This is a interesting book that uses some very good paintings to help illustrate Jimi's message and beliefs
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6c01a5c) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa71553f0) out of 5 stars Large Book Nice Paintings,But Don't Believe All You Read March 8 2015
By Connie B C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have wanted to read this book since it came out,because of the bizarreness behind it, just couldn't find it for a long time and when I did, the price was way more than I wanted to spend. I got a great buy on this one. It has lots of nice photos in it and pictures of many drawings and paintings the author did of Jimi after his death.
I don't take much truth in the book after earlier reading from several sources that the author just barely knew Hendrix and was not engaged or anything else to him.It's a sad story all the way around. In fact from later evidence, Hendrix was murdered by his manager and Monika had to stick with her story in order to keep alive herself although she later "committed suicide" after she was exposed in court by his ex girlfriend Kathy who knew there was more to the story.Doing some investigation into his death will open many people's eyes to what really happened, as it wasn't just a case of him choking on his vomit that killed him.It's a sick horrible story and it should have had the case reopened and investigated further, even though the culprit (Mike Jefferies) who killed him died later on.There's too much evidence/facts behind his murder and this book is a very bizarre tale written by someone who didn't know him very well, but just to cover her own involvement in his murder. Jimi needs justice and hopefully one day it will be done.
It does though makes a nice coffee table book and good for those who have a collection of Hendrix memorabilia..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa715563c) out of 5 stars MURDERER Feb. 28 2015
By J. STEVENSON - Published on Amazon.com
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I intensely dislike Monica. Some people like her paintings but I am unable to be objective. I've heard the book will be worth some money someday but since I know she had a hand in Jimi's murder, I can't recommend this book. She opened the door for the murderer and then disappeared. Psychopath comes to mind.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7155600) out of 5 stars Double Witness: The Murder Of Jimi Hendrix March 18 2011
By Albert Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people who read 'Inner World' have no clue of what the book really contains, which is why the book is an incredible as-of-yet-unknown collector's item. 'Inner World' is a very odd double prism where the reader is exposed to some of the best inside information on Jimi Hendrix's spiritual beliefs, personal philosophy, and "inner world". Monika more than proves her relationship with Jimi in the things she writes because anyone familiar with Jimi Hendrix and the things he said would know right away they had come from Jimi. However what makes this a most bizarre and sensational book is the fact a peek through the second prism would show a very morbidly grotesque spiderweb of incriminating knowledge of Jimi Hendrix's murder in Monika's celestial wonderland, and it's the contrasting juxtaposition of these two disparate elements that defines the book.

Both this book and its contents, as well as Monika Dannemann, exist at a strange dual level of tensioned paradox. On one level you have the true feelings and artwork of a woman who possessed one of the closest relationships to Jimi anyone ever had. The paradox evidences itself in the fact the person with some of the least chronological time with Jimi just so happened to cover his personal mythology in the most extensive detail. This is accompanied by 25 years of Hendrix-based artwork shown in plate illustrations in the book. I say without embarrassment some of those canvases are priceless art that has yet to have its value realized. Monika's talent could be called primitive, Germanic, cosmic, abstract, symbolic style with each painting incorporating a figure of Jimi into the symbolism. If you read the book you'll understand that Monika actually developed this style in obedience to the communication of visual art Jimi instructed her to create as an expression of his inner world. When viewed through this prism Monika establishes herself as one of the best Hendrix translators and apostles. Monika imparts precious explanations by Jimi himself of his most sacred personal beliefs and an index of Jimi's symbolic code in his lyrics and colors. She then takes it one step further and continues to carry-out Jimi's wishes for her to paint these things visually over the following 25 years up to her death. In effect Monika remained faithful to Hendrix's spiritual/missionary artistic ambitions. And so we see one of the most dedicated and colorful Hendrix witnesses in this side of Monika.

However, what is tragic and unavoidable is people with better knowledge of Hendrix are forced to look at a second story enclosed in this book. Monika was not only a spiritual witness to Jimi but was the woman in whose London flat Jimi died. Unfortunately, because of this, all the beautiful colorful Hendrix wonderland Monika paints in the first prism is spoiled by the fact she was involved in a very notorious murder scandal involving the subject of her book. No matter how magical an inner world Monika achieves through the first prism it ends up being crashed by the terrible realization the second prism contained in this book exposes a very ugly scandal involving Jimi's death and Monika's attempts to lie around it. The sad fact is anyone with good Hendrix knowledge would know right away that 'Inner World' is an attempt to mask Monika's knowledge of Jimi's murder behind plush curtains of Hendrix interior decoration, and that in itself is tragic.

What Monika is trying to do in this book is get around her role in Hendrix's death. Unfortunately she is aided by the British Government in this effort when it determined there was no reason to re-open the investigation in 1994. Monika tells us that favorable conditions suddenly appeared that led to the publishing of the book. What she doesn't tell us is that Scotland Yard's decision to never reinvestigate the case is what gave her the feeling it would be safe to do so. Monika is a tragic figure because she's caught in between on the murder. She tries to get around this by suggesting a strange unidentified compound found in Jimi's body at the autopsy was some kind of secret drug used to murder him. This is the mechanism Monika uses to relieve her guilt over not admitting the truth. Monika walks a thin line between denying the evidence that she lied about what happened and hinting that Jimi was murdered. And this is how she negotiates not having to admit the truth.

What makes this a particularly sad venture is the fact Monika uses outright lies by Scotland Yard to defend her own lies and in doing this condemns both herself and Scotland Yard. For anyone who studies this case will see, she denies that which can't be denied, and ignores multitudes of other condemning evidence that make her attempts foolish. The sad culmination and final verdict on 'Inner World' is, unfortunately, Monika's death shortly after the book's publication. By attempting this dual deception Monika managed to lock some condemning conflicts into writing that she would have had to answer for. So whether Monika committed suicide, or was about to expose Jimi's real murderers and was killed for it, 'Inner World' was definitely the source of that event, and the particular cause was her finally having to tell the real truth about how Jimi died.

The reason 'Inner World' is such a highly valuable collector's item is because people are still unaware of its intrinsic value and that in itself shows why it's valuable. The book is a cracked mirror into which a very important witness to both Jimi Hendrix and his murder looks while pretending to not notice the cracks. And because of this 'Inner World' exists in a very rare niche of eccentric publications caught in the midst of an as of yet major unresolved murder mystery. So whether Monika Dannemann was a sinister Mata Hari involved in the murder itself, or hapless victim forced to stay quiet, 'Inner World' is a potent time-bomb ready to burst from the potential energy stored within its ignominious content under tension. A potential so strong and dangerous that it has already directly led to the demise of its author. Only rare books can do that without most people noticing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa71558f4) out of 5 stars Beyond words. A true tribute, well done. Dec 14 2014
By Nicole Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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Beyond words. A true tribute, well done.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7155954) out of 5 stars Must have for the Jimi Hendrix faithfull! June 15 2009
By Richard Foulkes - Published on Amazon.com
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Monika Dannemann was a very good friend and lover to Jimi and whatever happened at the hour of his death knew a lot about him. This book is really amazing in the insights she has about Jimi's spiritual side which though certainly not the only source is extensive. The "sell" is the images of Jimi on his last afternoon having tea and goofing with his current favorite guitar. Really sad!
I honestly could not read this book, only excerpt it and yet I am happy to own it and came away feeling as if I had a larger view of Jimi through this complicated and troubled spirit, Monica. The details of his death at such a moment will always haunt us and I don't think we can't really rely on Monika to straighten this out from the grave here. I would appear that the tabloids had it wrong by her account. Her drawings and the evidence she has of her relationship with Jimi and his spiritual guidance show that he was much more than a drug focused guitar god. He was very deeply into the mystic and this is more than proven here by the many artifacts and remembrances presented by Monika.
I think if you can get your hands on an out of print book like this in decent shape you will also have a collectors item of some value. If you love Jimi as I do you will only come away a little closer to him and to the odd enigmatic and haunted women he loved last.