Jimi Hendrix was such an extraordinary guitarist, it can be easy to forget that just as much passion, soul and precision went into his lyrics. Inspired by Bob Dylan, Hendrix was a fearless lyrical innovator, willing to let his imagination guide him to landscapes hitherto unexplored within the realm of pop music. From the existential euphora of "I Don't Love Today" to the elusive beauty of "Little Wing" to the psychedelic blues of "My Friend" to the otherworldly "1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)," the lyrics of Jimi Hendrix remain among the greatest in the pantheon of rock, infused with the same inventiveness, virtuosity and courage that informed his guitar playing. Now, all of his lyrics have been gathered in one collection, including never before published songs from "Valley of Neptune." Jimi Hendrix: The Lyrics, is an extraordinary personal book, compiled by Janie L. Hendrix. It includes numerous examples of Jimi's handwritten lyrics, often scribbled on hotel stationary, as well as photos of Jimi accompanying every song. Here are all the words to the Hendrix classics you've rocked along to for years: "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Chile," "Foxey Lady," "The Wind Cries Mary," "Are You Experienced?" "Dolly Dagger," and much more, all of them lovingly illustrated. Jimi Hendrix's: The Lyrics will give you a glimpse of the lyricist behind the songs, a songwriter whose words were just as searing as his solos.
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