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Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix
by Charles R. Cross
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful look at a wonderful musician, Nov. 21 2007
This is a wonderful book. Cross paints a very moving portrait of Jimi's sad, lonely, poverty stricken early life in Seattle. Many probably think of Hendrix as an "overnight sensation" who came to fame in England and later took the US by storm at the Monterey Pop Festival, but this book shows just how hard he struggled throughout the early 60's before finally getting his big break. It also shows how unhappy Hendrix was after achieving his dreams of success. There are some details which this book misses, which can be found in other bios and documentaries about Hendrix, but all in all this book is very well researched and provides a very vivid look at the life of one of the greatest musicians in rock history.

Also, Hendrix fans would be well advised to check out a couple of documentaries - one called "Hendrix" which was released in 1973 and another called "Band of Gypsys" from 1999, which are great companion pieces to this biography, as they feature very revealing interviews with many from Jimi's inner circle who are featured in this book.

Band Of Gypsys Live
Band Of Gypsys Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars FREAKIN' AMAZING!!!, Nov. 8 2007
This review is from: Band Of Gypsys Live (Audio CD)
Having been born around the time this album was recorded and growing up in the 80's, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I did not discover this album until a couple of years ago. I have appreciated Hendrix's music since my teens but Band Of Gypsys is the album that completely blew me away and convinced me that Jimi Hendrix was a true genius. Every song on this album is a classic, with standouts being Machine Gun, Power To Love, and Message To Love. The finest moments in rock guitar history can be heard in the guitar solo featured in Machine Gun. This is truly the guitar solo that sent an entire generation of kids to their bedrooms, trying to duplicate what they were hearing on their guitars. Every "guitar hero" to come after, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Eddie Van Halen to Randy Rhoads must have been inspired by this song. The argument can easily be made that Band Of Gypsys influenced everything that came after... from funk, to blues, to rock, to heavy metal.

Band Of Gypsys is definitely NOT the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Both Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell are gone, replaced here by Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums and vocals. Miles, in particular, contributes to a very different sound for Hendrix. His simple but powerful drumming and fantastic vocal contributions really add soul to the recordings.

All in all, there is nothing on this album that could be classified as disappointing. Great songs, and fantastic musicianship all around. This is certainly an album which, if you don't already, will make you truly appreciate what the world lost when Hendrix passed away in 1970.

Powerage
Powerage
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an overlooked masterpiece, Nov. 6 2007
This review is from: Powerage (Audio CD)
Although this album is seldom mentioned among AC/DC's best, it just may be their finest hour. The production is fantastic, the songs are great, and Angus Young has never sounded better. There is an energy flowing through the songs that can't help but make you want to go to the fridge, get a cold beer, and have fun. This album absolutely rocks from start to finish (although the last couple of songs are slightly sub-par) and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with classics Back In Black and Highway To Hell. If you like AC/DC, you are guaranteed to like Powerage.

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
by Charles R. Cross
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT an accurate story, Nov. 6 2007
Stay away from this book if you want to know the truth about Kurt. This book is great however, if you're looking for fiction. This biography is basically something Courtney Love initiated and authorized to back up HER version of reality and to try to convince the public that Kurt wasn't actually murdered. This book contains some revelations about Kurt's last days, but there are far more lies and inaccuracies than facts. If you want to know the real verifyable details, read 'Love & Death' instead, and avoid the BS accounts such as this that Courtney Love has any involvement in.

How Black Was Our Sabbath: An Unauthorised View From the Crew
How Black Was Our Sabbath: An Unauthorised View From the Crew
by David Tangye
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the "inside" dirt?, Nov. 6 2007
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The biggest selling point for me regarding this book was the fact that it was written by people very close to Sabbath. I expected a lot of 'insider' information and stories you wouldn't find anywhere else. There is a great deal of this type of thing contained in the book, but I have a strong feeling that the authors' closeness to the band is actually what prevented them from giving us the REAL insider 'dirt'. Being close friends of the band members means they have no interest in giving us a "warts and all" biography. They make no attempt to show the band members in any negative light, and fans of Black Sabbath know that there are certainly unflattering tales that could be told about the goings on in the band. This is a wonderful book that any Sabbath fan will enjoy, but it just feels like it could have contained so much more.

Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain
Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain
by Max Wallace
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the justice?, Nov. 6 2007
For anyone who knows anything about the Kurt Cobain murder theory, there has long been ample evidence that his death MUST be re-examined by the Seattle Police Department. There are far too many inconsistencies in the official story, and this book does an excellent job of convincing the reader that Cobain did not commit suicide. Personally, I've been convinced for a very long time that the suicide story just doesn't add up and after reading this book I feel that stronger than ever. Any fan of Cobain and Nirvana needs to read this. Stay away from any book authorized or approved by Courtney Love; this one is NOT authorized or approved by her, and it offers very compelling evidence implicating her in the murder plot.

The Seattle Police should be absolutely ashamed. As this book clearly shows, professional pride on their part has thus far allowed the murderer of one of rock's all time great talents to escape justice. Read this book and be outraged!

Hated [Import]
Hated [Import]
DVD ~ GG Allin
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining... and disturbing, May 28 2006
This review is from: Hated [Import] (DVD)
I hate to use this analogy, but this documentary is like a car wreck... it's disturbing but you can't look away. GG Allin was probably the most disturbed "entertainer" you'll ever see. His concerts and spoken word performances usually ended with him naked, covered in his own feces, engaged in fist-fights with members of the audience. The most shocking aspect of this film is that it's all true. As shocking as it seems at times, none of the people in this documentary are actors. GG Allin, his band, his fans, even his former teachers and friends, there's just something creepy about ALL of them.

Although Allin will never be remembered fondly by most (he died during the making of this documentary), he was hard to ignore. This documentary is highly recommended, although you may feel the need to shower after watching it.

What Happens Now?
What Happens Now?
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best singer/songwriter you've never heard of, Oct. 10 2004
This review is from: What Happens Now? (Audio CD)
Mike O'Neill is, in my opinion, a genius. You may or may not be familiar with his former band, The Inbreds, which created some of the finest alt/pop (for lack of a better term) songs of the 90's with a very minimalist bass & drums approach. On this album, which is O'Neill's first full post-Inbreds' release, we find a more traditional rock sound with a full 4 piece band and songs that are as sweet and catchy as ever. Having been released on the small Halifax indie label Perimeter Records, the album didn't receive much in the way of support. This is unfortunate, because it's a classic. O'Neill wears his Paul McCartney influence on his sleeve, and indeed several of these songs sound as if the immortal Macca himself could have writtem them during his creative heydays of the 60's and 70's. The melodies are immediately memorable and the production leaves nothing to be desired. The only complaint I have about this album is that it isn't mentioned in the same breath as other classics like Pet Sounds and Band On The Run, which is to say that IT SHOULD BE. It's a masterpiece. If you haven't discovered Mike O'Neill yet, you're missing out on a great talent.

Blues for the Red Sun
Blues for the Red Sun
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album RULES, Oct. 8 2004
This review is from: Blues for the Red Sun (Audio CD)
From the opening crunch of "Thumb" onward, this album takes the listener on a sonic journey through a cosmic soundscape. Had Black Sabbath formed in 1990, this would be the album they'd make. Kyuss was the finest heavy metal band of the early 90s and it's a shame that most fans didn't discover them until after they broke up, because had they gotten the support they deserved, who knows what kind of magic they would have made. This CD is a masterpiece and a great place to begin your Kyuss odyssey. This is the true masterwork of the 'stoner rock' genre.

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