Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
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by Gary Golio
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (October 4, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
Book Review by Kam Williams
"To really know about a person, you have to do things that they did, and see the
things that they saw. So I listened t the music, and watched performances on
YouTube, I walked the streets of Jimi's hometown, Seattle. I read and thought
about Jimi, and talked to people who knew him, and I even fingered an electric
guitar once or twice...
I thought about how Jimi saw the world and how that differed from other people's views, so I painted Jimi one way and his surroundings another way… This book is about the creative process of an artist… No matter who we are creatively, we all basically follow the same path, but make the process our own and unique to us… All I can say is, Jimi rocks!"
-- Excerpted from the Illustrator's Note (pg. 31)
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was a flamboyant rock icon who flamed out instead of
fading away due to his also being a substance abuser who dabbled in everything
from alcohol to marijuana to amphetamines to hashish to heroin to LSD before
succumbing at the tender age of 27 to a combination of red wine and sleeping
pills. Ostensibly enough time has elapsed since his passing that Hendrix can now
serve as a role model to children, at least in terms of overcoming childhood
adversity, exploring one's creativity and, of course, making beautiful music.