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Jas Obrecht

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469647067

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647067.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

“It’s Lonely Out Here by Myself”

(p.1) 1: Setting the Stage
Stone Free

Jas Obrecht

University of North Carolina Press

This detailed account of James Marshall Hendrix’s life before he transformed into “Jimi” Hendrix covers his hardscrabble childhood in Seattle, his early musical inspirations, first instruments and bands, and stint in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, Hendrix embarks on his professional career, playing the chitlin circuit and making his first recordings as a studio musician. He then lands in New York City, where he lives in abject poverty until his “discovery” by Linda Keith and Bryan “Chas” Chandler. Chandler sees him perform “Hey Joe” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” in a Greenwich Village club and arranges his passage to London. In a move that will come back to haunt him, Hendrix agrees to let Chandler and Michael Jeffery manage his career.

Keywords:   James Marshall Hendrix, musical inspirations, chitlin circuit, first recordings, Bryan “Chas” Chandler, Linda Keith, “Hey Joe”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, Bob Dylan, Michael Jeffery

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