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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 10:40 AM
There's been a lot of press lately about the recent rock biographies released.........Clapton's new book, Patti Boyd's, and Dylan's recent Chronicles. But if you Hendrix fans want to read the really, really inside story, "Are You Experienced?: The Inside Story of The Jimi Hendrix Experience" by Noel Redding and Carol Appleby is one hell of a read. I'm almost done with it. This book was released in England in 1990 and not published in the U.S. until 1996. Co-author Carol Appleby was Redding's live-in girlfriend from 1973 until her death in 1990. For the younger readers out there who may not know, the late Noel Redding was the bass player in The Jimi Hendrix Experience. For any interested, I bought this book through www.amazon.com.

Warning: This is not a very happy tale. The living was incredibly fast and hard, the financial woes and pressures were messy, complicated and depressing almost beyond belief. The sex was so frequent and easy that according to Redding it became boring as there was no chase, no mystery and no intimacy, at least for him. And as one might suspect, the drug use of all three band members was way, way out of control, particularly regarding LSD. Yet reading the REAL story of how The Experience first came together, the creative processes that resulted in what we listen to now, and detailed accounts of many, many live shows and studio sessions make this a must read for even the casual Hendrix fan.

Let me quote the first paragraph of Chapter Seven: "It came as something of a surprise to discover how easily and effectively you can be destroyed by getting what you want. Adulation in particular sets you apart from reality and, more devastatingly, from the relaxed sincerity of close friendships. No one sympathises because you are envied, not liked, and come to despise yourself for daring to be distressed when your dreams come true, for not continuing to thrive and improve on your success. Some people find depression creative, but I just find it......depressing."

From the Postscript by Noel Redding: "Are You Experienced? was written by Carol Appleby from my diaries (which I still keep) and my legal documents. I still feel that it is the only completely honest book about the whole 'circus' of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, since it was written by someone who was there. Carol's tragic death occurred in June 1990, the same week the book was first published in the U.K. and elsewhere. Less than a year later I had the pleasure of being sued for libel by Monika Danneman, Jimi's 'fiancee'. The issue was resolved, but despite the book's paperback publication in most of the rest of the world, it held up it's release in the U.S.A until now. Deep inside I know that Carol would be very happy to learn of it's U.S. publication, and that her family will be equally proud."
-Noel Redding, October 1995


[Edited on 1/25/2008 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 10:51 AM
Thanks for the book tip, Rob! Will be picking this one up.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 11:01 AM
I've read and heard many of Noel Redding's diatribes regarding Jimi Hendrix. Without having read the book, I expect Noel to paint Jimi as a control freak and a woman beater. I've read instances where Noel told of Jimi re-recording his bass parts. On one of those VH-1 Behind the Scenes shows, Noel told of several instances of Jimi physically abusing women.

I'm sure this is all interesting in a People Magazine kind of way, but all I ever wanted out of Hendrix was music, sweet music.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 11:11 AM
Rusty: I suggest you read a book first the next time you decide to review one.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 11:21 AM
I've read lots of books, robslob.

Read the post carefully. did I say it was a review?

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 11:49 AM
This is actually the first I have heard that Noel is deceased.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 11:59 AM
These are the only details Wikipedia give about Redding's death:

"Redding was found dead in his home in Ireland on May 12, 2003. He was 57 years old. In the village of Ardfield, local people have erected a plaque in his memory."

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 12:15 PM
I always liked the John McDermott/Eddie Kramer book.

Albeit, very business oriented, it does delve into the the making of the music
a lot. The Alan Duglas portions are enlightening considering all the crap he
put out through the years after Hendrix's death.

"Hey, let's re-record the drums and bass since they aren't that good."
What a joke!




 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 12:17 PM
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This is actually the first I have heard that Noel is deceased.


If memory serves, he was still doing drugs which led to a heart attack or something.

Experience Hendrix has a cd of just his stuff that the Experience played on or backed.

 

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 12:37 PM
Rob--reading your post,this came to mind--a similiar story for these guys too....

Stage Fright The Band (Vocals--Rick Danko)

by J.R.Robertson. Album: Stage Fright
1970 Canaan Music, Inc.
Now deep in the heart of a lonely kid
Who suffered so much for what he did,
They gave this ploughboy his fortune and fame,
Since that day he ain't been the same.


See the man with the stage fright

Just standin' up there to give it all his might.

And he got caught in the spotlight,

But when we get to the end

He wants to start all over again.

I've got fire water right on my breath
And the doctor warned me I might catch a death.
Said, "You can make it in your disguise,
Just never show the fear that's in your eyes."

See the man with the stage fright,
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
He got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again.
Now if he says that he's afraid,
Take him at his word.
And for the price that the poor boy has paid,

He gets to sing just like a bird, oh, ooh ooh ooh.

Your brow is sweatin' and your mouth gets dry,
Fancy people go driftin' by.
The moment of truth is right at hand,
Just one more nightmare you can stand.

See the man with the stage fright
Just standin' up there to give it all his might.
And he got caught in the spotlight,
But when we get to the end
He wants to start all over again, hmm hmm,


You wanna try it once again, hmm hmm
Please don't make him stop, hmm hmm,

Let him take it from the top, hmm hmm,

Let him start all over again.





[Edited on 1/25/2008 by dadof2]

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  posted on 1/25/2008 at 12:44 PM
It sounds like an Interesting book.

Nice quote Dad.

 

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