Jimi Hendrix (1942–70) was one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century.
Alan Douglas is a record, book, and film producer. He was a friend to Hendrix and produced many of is posthumous releases.
Peter Neal is a documentary filmmaker. In 1967–68 he made a film portrait of Hendrix called Experience, the only film of the artist to be completed and the only one screened in his lifetime. Together with Alan Douglas, Peter Neal spent years collecting and editing Hendrix’s words.
It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst musical giants. But what of the man behind the public image? Modest and intensely private by nature, Jimi was shrouded in intrigue from the moment he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time.
Much has been written about him by experts, fans, and critics—some of it true and some of it not. He did, however, leave his own account of himself, locked away like a Chinese puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries, and even stage raps. Starting At Zero brings all these elements together in narrative form. The result is an intimate, funny, and poetic memoir—one that tells, for the first time, Jimi’s own story as only he could tell it.
“What pervades every page [is] a man thoroughly alive.” —Mojo
“A confiding, funny, and wrenching memoir of a life lived on the edge and passionately devoted to music and freedom. Here is Hendrix unmediated . . . [Illuminates] the stories behind his songs and now-legendary performances, and the surreal highs and lows of touring and stardom.” —Booklist
“[A] revelation of the restless, curious, creative, self-contradictory mind of a musical genius as he grappled with fame, fellow musicians, inspiration, doubt and life under the competing spotlights of adulation and criticism. A must-read for fans and scholars of classic rock.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Remarkable . . . The reading experience feels intimate and immediate . . . This is an essential primary source.” —Publishers Weekly
“An intimate look inside the musician’s thoughts.” —The Wall Street Journal