It was forty years ago, September 18, that arguably the greatest electric guitarist to ever live, Jimi Hendrix, passed away. His legacy as an innovative genius is not in question. But when Hendrix archivist-author Steven Roby offered me the chance to co-write a biography of Jimi's developmental years, 1962-66, I was surprised what I learned. Becoming Jimi Hendrix, published by Da Capo/Perseus this month, gave me the opportunity to discover how Jimi actually changed the perception of race in popular music, although he lived through the humiliation of institutional racism in the 1960s.
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And as the kids are wont to say, props, shout out and big ups to Gina Misiroglu, who connected me to AOL and is doing a lot of great networking for RedRoom.com authors.
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Wellstone Action! (Sen. Paul Wellstone, MN)