Backbeat BooksJimi Hendrix may be best known for his mind-blowing guitar pyrotechnics, but the late rock legend also was an inventive wordsmith who was greatly inspired by Bob Dylan. Now, a book featuring the words to all of Hendrix's classic songs is scheduled to be published this fall in conjunction with his 70th birthday.
Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book was compiled by Jimi's sister, Janie Hendrix, president and CEO of the family-run company that oversees the use of his music and image. The 304-page tome will hit stores on November 13, two weeks before the influential musician would have turned 70.
In addition to the words themselves, the book will feature many never-before-seen photos, including rare images of pages of lyrics written in Hendrix's own hand.
"When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi's handwriting," says Janie in a statement about the book. "I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is."
Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book is available for pre-order now for $40 at BackbeatBooks.com.
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