Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience
Lawrence Hill Books, 2003 - 157 pages
"Jimi Hendrix's social meaning, his sexual mystery, and his scientific explorations in the field of sound are here addressed from a black perspective. This unique introduction to a man who, despite his popular appeal, has never made it into the pantheon of 20th-century black icons, incorporates extensive interviews with black Americans who shed light on HendrixÆs complicated racial relationships. Midnight Lightning explores how Hendrix exploded the complacently segregated world to emerge as an icon for white boys, why his songs were not heard on black radio, and why black people once viewed him as a hippie Uncle Tom. Also explored are his connection to the Black Power movement, how he electrified soul music and made the electric guitar supplant the human voice, how he revolutionized the use of technology in popular music, and how black his music really was. His sex appealùespecially for black womenùis discussed, as are how he redefined rock fashion, why nobody was really mad at him for sleeping with white women (at the same time as Sammy Davis, Jr. was being harassed and threatened for kissing a white woman onstage), and how he was marketed as a white performer. Explained are the ways in which Hendrix subverted and destabilized black masculine stereotypes, changing the way black music and black identity are perceived."
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Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black ExperienceAvis d'utilisateur - Book Verdict
"This is not Everyman's Guide to Jimi Hendrix," forewarns Tate, a longtime staff writer for the Village Voice; it's a book with a racial agenda: "A Jimi book with plantation baggage, darkskin biases, and Black Power axes to grind." Tate avoids the tablature and Claptonisms that pervade many of the romantic revisions of Hendrix's brief life as an influential guitar god. Instead, he addresses the demographic paradox of Jimi's public image. Although his musical and social roots were dark black, Hendrix was marketed as white and seemingly could break, with impunity, as many social taboos as he could musical taboos (e.g., dating white girls when similar offenses earned Sammy Davis Jr. death threats). Tate shows how Hendrix's disregard for the race card put him decades ahead in society, as well as in music. The book's extended anecdotes by blacks who knew Jimi are as much sawdust as they are profound, but an astrological analysis of Jimi's life is an excellent variation on the hindsight conjecture found in much of the existing material on Hendrix. Recommended for all libraries.-Eric Hahn, West Des Moines, IA ...
Review: Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black ExperienceAvis d'utilisateur - RK Byers - Goodreads
really good writing combined with really good interviews made for a really good book. Consulter l'avis complet
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