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Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix

Philip Norman




Norman offers a transfixing story about a Seattle kid known as Buster who grew up to become the greatest guitarist of all time — just listen to Jimi Hendrix's rendition of Bob Dylan's “All Along the Watchtower,” the author argues. The reverent biography is filled with priceless anecdotes about Hendrix's stunning talent (Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton were spotted “holding hands like awestruck toddlers at a firework display” while watching Hendrix play). But it's also frank about Hendrix's self-destructive tendencies, from rampant womanizing to drug use, before his death at 27.

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