After reading twelve books on Hendrix, listening to countless bootlegs and other recordings, watching films/interviews of Jimi, AND, playing in bands with those who played with Jimi, I can say with confident experience that Monika's book takes a BIG STEP away from all the other factual (and non-factual) literature written about this most beautiful soul - JIMI HENDRIX.
And what is this BIG STEP?
Monika (one of Jimi's main girlfriends and fiancé') looks at only the good side of Jimi. She insists on holding him in the light, NO MATTER WHAT! Saints tell us to try to focus on the good in everyone, even if another has gone astray. Monika Dannemann shows us the light and love that resided in Jimi's heart, and she would know, because of the serendipitous relationship they both shared with each other. From all the information, insight & investigation I have gathered on Hendrix over the years, I would agree with Monika that Jimi disclosed his innermost true self to her, to which no interview, no other friend, band mate or acquaintance had the opportunity to discover about Jimi.
In this book, you will hear for the first time Jimi's deep truth and experiences he had with God, Angels, spirits, astral travel, past life karma, and eternal principles. You will also experience visually, Jimi's metaphysical outlook along with him playing guitar put into Monika's beautiful paintings, which, Jimi encouraged Monika to do (but it was first Monika's desire to paint Jimi in this way.) This book is LOADED with Monika's paintings-WOW, is she ever talented! (I wish they made t-shirts from her artwork!)
You will also read about the meanings behind the lyrics Jimi wrote for his songs as told to Monika by Jimi himself! So these are not mere commentaries on Hendrix songs, but the real deal coming from the man who wrote them.
There is so much more in this book to discover, and there's only one-way to discover it...BUY IT!!! IT'S
W-A-Y WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!
One last comment I will add: Like a small innocent child who doesn't understand the pain of an adult who's dying from cancer, Monika was unaware of the depth of suffering Jimi was experiencing inside himself. It is true that Jimi lived an addicted life to sex & drugs to which brought on much pain & confusion. Jimi was running away from his problems and his fears surmounted because of it. Monika doesn't see this part of Jimi and maybe, it's just as well.
Happy reading everyone! -Tommy D. from Connecticut-USA.
PS-my other recommendation after reading Monika's book is `Are You Experienced?' by Jimi's Bass player-Noel Reading (much of it culled from Noel's personal diary he kept while on the road with the JHE.) It's delightfully funny and shows the darker side of the `Jimi Hendrix Experience' experience. You can find it right here on Amazon!