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Hello, In this video I want to talk about some of the most interesting parts of the book “Room Full of Mirrors about Jimi Hendrix.
As you can see it’s a big book, and it really is very detailed about his life. Some parts were very slow like the beginning, but there were some great stories.
My favorite was how he met Jim Morrison of the Doors and he ran up on stage saying a bunch of garbage into the mic and Janis Joplin hit him over the head with the bottle.
Jimi Hendrix ran into him again and Jim tried to join him on stage and Jimi Hendrix was like no it’s not going to happen
Interesting enough Janis Joplin died 3 days after Jimi Hendrix of a Heroin overdose and Jim Morrison 9 months after that of a Heart Attack.
Supposibly Jimi had sex with Janis Joplin at the Filmore bathroom when he first got back to the United States after his first trip to England that made him a star.
In the very beginning. Jimi was broke, super broke. His father had 6 fingers on each hand. And after being caught with a stolen vehicle well Jimi choose the military. And he liked the 101 airborne.
To get out he faked being homosexual. He started touring over the U.S. Playing in small places, broke.
Later he worked for Little Richard.
Nobody was prettier than little richard so Hendrix had to wear black clothes and at the end he just wore colorful clothes and stole the spotlight and then got fired.
When he went to England he became famous. In fact he covered Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles with the Beatles there and that took a lot of courage and he nailed it. Paul McCartney said it was one of the greatest honors of his career.
Jimi broke his guitar 1 time out of frustration from tuning and the crowd liked it. So he taped it up and kept on breaking it, then he progressed to setting it on fire.
He was very popular with white people. Not so much to blacks because he wore strange outfits, LSD was somewhat of a white persons drug. After Otis Reading he made that song “Sitting on the dock of the bay.” he was according to some people the first black musician where white women wanted his body.
Also Purple Haze probably was named after LSD, but when he went to his old high school Garfield High he said it was named after the school colors of purple and white.
Jimi was very horrible with money. As soon as he made it he spent it. He also felt trapped by his fame like if he had to play certain songs and keep entertaining people.
Room full of mirrors was his way to describe what it was like being a superstar like a room full of carnival mirrors that make you look big or small.
When it came to the Vietnam war he was all over the place, for it and then against it.
At Woodstock Jimi was the highest paid performer he made $32,000 and played for 2 hours. It was his longest show.
When Jimi went to Africa Morocco, he had a Tarrot Card Reading. The lady didn’t know who Jimi Was and the first card was Fame. The second card, can you guess what it was. Yep it was the death card and this naturally freaked Jimi out.
I don’t ever want to get a Tarrot Card Reading.
When Jimi went to Hawaii he was an actor for the movie Rainbow Bridge, he broke his dependency for Heroin. Jimi took many drugs.
Similar to Heath Ledger he died taking too many sleeping pills, mixing them with alcohol. He predicted 2 weeks earlier that he would not live to see his 28 birthday, he choked on his own vomit.
His estate went to his dad, which made him very rich due to the royalties. When his dad died, yep everyone fought over the money.
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