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Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London, September 1966 June 1967 Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 November 2018

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  • Publisher : The University of North Carolina Press; 1st edition (15 November 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1469647060
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1469647067
  • Dimensions : 15.54 x 2.03 x 23.5 cm
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The story is woven seamlessly from . . . many disparate strands and is a very enjoyable read.--Jimpress: The Jimi Hendrix Magazine

About the Author

Jas Obrecht is an award-winning music journalist and former editor of Guitar Player magazine. He has written for Rolling Stone, Living Blues, and many other publications. His many books include Talking Guitar: Conversations with Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, but wanted just a little more...
Reviewed in Canada on 18 June 2020
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Reviewed in the United States on 29 November 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on 29 November 2018
Forty years ago, I had just turned 17 and was still basking in the glow of the first album I’d ever purchased, "Hendrix In The West." I was reading Guitar Player magazine and anxiously awaiting every monthly issue that came out—I was a devout reader and follower of all things GP. One of the names that I repeatedly saw during the ensuing years was one Jas Obrecht, who had a writing style that was concise and insightful, but he also seemed to have direct access to every legendary rock and blues guitarist in the world. Forty years ago, almost to the day of this writing, I purchased a fresh copy of David Henderson’s "‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky" which was released in November 1978. That was my first foray into reading a full-length bio of Hendrix. Fast forward to today, and I was “experienced” in the life of Hendrix through books by Henderson, Welch, Sampson, Hopkins, Potach, Roby, Lawrence, Cross, Shapiro & Glebbeek, McDermott & Kramer, Stubbs, Hitopi, Neal, Egan, and, of course, Mitchell and Redding. By now I thought I’d read just about everything and pretty much knew what I needed to know about Jimi Hendrix.
But I’m here to tell you—there’s something else—Obrecht’s "Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix In London." From start to finish, this insightful, thoroughly-detailed book will leave you feeling as if you were in the studio, on the stage, and running to the tour bus with Jimi! Obrecht has painstakingly researched this specific period of Jimi’s career—the before, during, and after phase of the atom-bomb drop of "Are You Experienced?" on London’s music scene. One of the greatest aspects of Obrecht’s book is how he meticulously exposes the gradual yet direct impact on British rock cognoscenti—Clapton, Townshend, Beck, Lennon/McCartney, Jagger/Richards, et al., and their self-described permanent after-shocks which still reverberate to this day. In what is obviously a labor of love, Obrecht has given us a gift that we could have only hoped for—a focused treatise on what will forever remain, in hindsight, as the happiest (though relatively brief and fleeting) period of Jimi’s life—when he dared to take the world by storm and rattle the cages of our minds and leave us breathless. Indeed, "Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix In London" will do the same—and make you reach for that the vinyl disc and get “experienced” all over again. Be free, ride the breeze, and fly on with Jas Obrecht as he shares his experience with Jimi like none of the others have done before. In other words, just get your mind together--I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant weaving together of info
Reviewed in the United States on 10 March 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Reviewed in the United States on 21 October 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inexorable rise of a musical icon
Reviewed in the United States on 10 January 2019
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