Over fifty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix is celebrated as the greatest rock guitarist of all time. But before he was setting guitars and the world aflame, he was a shy kid in Seattle, plucking at a broken ukulele and in fear of a father who would hit him for playing left-handed.
Now, acclaimed music biographer Philip Norman joins us to bring Jimi’s story to vivid life against the backdrop of midcentury rock. With exhaustively researched stories from his book Wild Child: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix, Norman delivers a captivating and definitive portrait of a musical legend. Drawing from unprecedented access to Jimi’s brother Leon, as well as Kathy Etchingham and Linda Keith, who played vital roles in his rise, Norman traces Jimi’s life from childhood, to playing clubs on the segregated Chitlin’ Circuit, to four staggering years of stardom during which he became the highest-paid musician of his day, to his tragic and untimely death at 27. Norman invites us to a tale of a hometown hero filled with insights into the greatest moments in rock history.
Philip Norman is the best-selling biographer of Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elton John, Mick Jagger, and Paul McCartney. A novelist and playwright, he lives in London.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Washin Kai.