Becoming Jimi Hendrix's Life

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In the song The Story of Life, Jimi Hendrix sings, “The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.” Jimi Hendrix lived a controversial and rapid life focused on experiencing a new musical and literal reality. He focused on moving away from the norm and entering a revolutionary new world. This renegade life style was extremely draining and concluded with his death at the age of twenty-seven. In Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius, Brad Schreiber and Steven Roby sketch a descriptive image of the life of Hendrix starting from his early childhood days of playing a banjo with one string, to his days delivering his own improvised version of the national anthem to a…show more content…
Al Hendrix, the former member of the military, is often described as stern and critical of his son. An example of this is when they show the conversation of Al disapproving of Jimi playing the guitar when he states, “You need to be working with your hands” (Roby and Schriber, 9) and again when the book stated, “His father disapproved of Jimi playing left-handed, calling it the Devil’s work” (Roby and Schriber, 6). Disapproving by the dominant figure in society was a common trend of the 1960’s. Similar language is used in David Farbers’s book The Age of Great Dreams when he states, “By the mid-1960’s millions of Americans, though a minority to be sure, looked at rock’n’ roll and saw the devil’s work” (Farber, 63). Like Hendrix, the Baby Boomer generation grew up in a post-World War 2 society that was dominated culturally by the generation that served in the war. Baby Boomers attempted to separate themselves from their parents and did it through many social

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