Review: Jimi Hendrix Gear, The Guitars, Amps & Effects That Revolutionized Rock 'n' Roll
(Chris Bereznay | Posted 2009-10-24)
It's not often around here that we turn our attention from the exciting world of hardware, switches, wires, and cables to that of the printed word, but this latest offering from MBI Publishing and author Michael Heatley, deserves good mention. Jimi Hendrix Gear is a hard-cover tour through the guitar cases, amp stacks, and pedal boards of one of the most influential musicians of our time.
Quite literally, tour by tour and show by show, this look at the guitars, amps, and effects that revolutionized rock and roll is one of the most comprehensive compilations of gear information on one musician. What's more, the book is also chock full of interesting history, trivia, and facts that any hard-core music history buff would die to have on his or her shelf. For instance, did you know that Jimi Hendrix was in the Army? That he made 26 jumps as a paratrooper before he broke his ankle? Did you know that Jimi played a gig with Little Richard as far back as December 1964? Did you know that one of Jimi's favorite acoustics was a Martin D-45?
As I sit here and confess how little I really knew about Jimi Hendrix, the book really opened up and drew me in to the amazing story of this guitar god, who still can lay claim to influencing some of this era's most successful musicians.