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The best and most ambitious book about Jimi Hendrix, being reissued with a revised introduction on the 70th anniversary of Hendrix's birth.
Charles Shaar Murray is an award-winning author, journalist, musician and cultural infidel: 'the rock critic's rock critic' (Q Magazine), 'front-line cultural warrior' and 'original gunslinger' (Independent on Sunday). He first appeared in print in 1970 in the notorious 'Schoolkids' issue of OZ magazine. By 1972 he was working for NME, subsequently becoming Associate Editor. Crosstown Traffic, his acclaimed study of Jimi Hendrix, won the prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award in 1990: a decade later, Boogie Man was shortlisted for the same award. The first two decades of 'his journalism, criticism and vulgar abuse', to use his own description, were collected in Shots from the Hip. In 2010 he received a Record Of The Day for his contributions to music journalism and a novel, The Hellhound Sample, appeared in 2011. He is currently at work on a 'somewhat unconventional' book about The Clash.
* The artistry of this book matches that of its subject. -- Nick Tosches * We've seen several biographies of Jimi Hendrix but Crosstown Traffic's thrust is considerably more ambitious ... Murray's exploration of Hendrix's role as a black rocker in a practically all-white pop-music elite is as telling an examination of rock and race, and of tensions and prejudices behind the sixties peace-and-brotherhood facade, as popular music writing has seen. Crosstown Traffic is an important book and, in its range and clarity of thought, an exemplary one. -- Robert Palmer * Mouthwatering stuff for any serious Jimi Hendrix fan ... Murray is certainly the first writer to fully portray the ways in which Hendrix shaped the future in which we now live, from hard rock to funk to jazz. Crosstown Traffic also stands as the best layman's history ot the electric guitar I've ever come across. -- Dave Marsh * Murray goes so far inside the myth that it dissolves. What is left is a man pursuing hiw own destiny, piece by piece, day by day. -- Greil Marcus