The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix

The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix

The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix

The Words and Music of Jimi Hendrix

Synopsis

Jimi Hendrix burst onto the American music scene at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, captivating the audience with a performance of Wild Thing. Both musically and literally incendiary, the song ended with Hendrix pouring lighter fluid over his guitar and setting it on fire. Pyrotechnics aside, why is the guitarist still revered 40 years after his death?

Excerpt

Although the term “singer-songwriter” might most frequently be associated with a cadre of musicians of the early 1970s such as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Carole King, the Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection defines singer-songwriters more broadly, both in terms of style and time period. The series includes volumes on musicians who have been active from approximately the 1960s through the present. Musicians who write and record in folk, rock, soul, hip-hop, country, and various hybrids of these styles are represented. Therefore, some of the early 1970s introspective singer-songwriters named here will be included, but not exclusively.

What do the individuals included in this series have in common? Some have never collaborated as writers, whereas others have, but all have written and recorded commercially successful and/or historically important music and lyrics at some point in their careers.

The authors who contribute to the series also exhibit diversity. Some are scholars who are trained primarily as musicians, whereas others have such areas of specialization as American studies, history, sociology, popular culture studies, literature, and rhetoric. The authors share a high level of scholarship, accessibility in their writing, and a true insight into the work of the artists they study. The authors are also focused on the output of their subjects and how it relates to their subjects’ biographies and the society around them; however, biography in and of itself is not a major focus of the books in this series.

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