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Charles R. Cross: Writing about a Legend

I used to live in a room full of mirrors
All I could see was me
Then I take my spirit and I smash my mirrors
And now the whole world is here for me to see. [1]

Borrowing Jimi’s powerful words to title the book, on the 35th anniversary of his death came the definitive biography of rock ‘n’ roll legend, by the New York Times bestselling author Charles R. Cross. Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s tragic death in 1970, Room Full of Mirrors is the definitive biography of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest guitarist. Meticulously researched and based on more than 300 interviews with those who knew him best,-more than half of whom have never spoken about him before-, this landmark book recounts the entire arc of Hendrix’s life.

The author is a well-known veteran of the music trenches, having written the Kurt Kobain overview Heavier Than Heaven. There are maybe a half-dozen bands that, when you go to your local bookstore to see what’s available, you can find virtually entire shelves dedicated to. These artists include The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Elvis, and Jimi Hendrix. So, to tackle the guitarist and try to present him in a new light is a difficult undertaking.

Cross begins with the legend’s birth and not only touches on the obvious – the drugs, the albums, the women, and the tours – but reaches way inside to tell us about his military service; his association with a number of musicians, including Miles Davis, and his rivalry with Mick Jagger; the Woodstock phenomenon; and the continuing estate battle that continues to this day (various members of his family each contend that the fallen hero’s legacy belongs to him/her alone).

If you’re a Hendrix admirer – and who isn’t? – then you probably already have in your home library, dozens of books written about him. But this time, the writer has found a new way to present the information; and through what is seemingly a massive amount of research and time spent in poring over archives and contacting principals, he has created a novel look at one of the world’s most wonderful players. I believe, it is an excellent book about a brilliant musician, and a highly recommended piece.

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  • [1]. Song written by Jimi Hendrix and played by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Published in First Rays of the New Rising Sun posthumus album.
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Jack Johnson, the new icon of Surf & Beach culture

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Looking back to the 50’s or 60’s, when californian beaches were full of surfers lying on the shores and listening to the Beach Boys, nobody would imagine that a man named Jack Johnson, aged 36, and with acoustic genres would revolutionize the concept of Surf music. Therefore, we will take a trip trough the last decades, in order to explain the main changes on the evolution of the surf & music culture, and we will end at Jack Johnson’s works, which nowadays have undoubtedly become very popular and listened. Read more…

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Cuatro deberes para sobrevivir, por Eduard Punset

December 14, 2011 1 comment

 Eduardo Punset, ex-político, jurista, escritor, economista, divulgador, y científico español, asegura que los niños, tanto como las empresas y los gobiernos, necesitan y deberían completar cuatro deberes para sobrevivir. Read more…

The Microblogging Boom

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment
Microblogs were first known as tumblelogs. The term was coined by Why [the lucky stiff] in April 12, 2005, while describing Christian Neukirchen’s Anarchaia:
“Blogging has mutated into simpler forms (specifically, link- and mob- and aud- and vid- variant), but I don’t think I’ve seen a blog like Chris Neukirchen’s Anarchaia, which fudges together a bunch of disparate forms of citation (links, quotes, flickrings) into a very long and narrow and distracted tumblelog.” (Wikipedia)
Jason Kottke (2005) described tumblelogs as Read more…

Solove and Shainberg on the risks of our digital Identities

November 20, 2011 Leave a comment

J. Solove or Gary Shainberg claim that the visibility, reputation and privacy on the Internet become key issues to the effective management of digital identity. The ability to manage a virtual identity is not instrumental, but is related to the learning  and immersion in digital culture; required for the citizen who lives in the network society.

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