Jimi Hendrix battled his way to the top – where he was overworked, oversexed and overindulged

Neil McCormick reviews Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip Norman

imi Hendrix was one of the most explosive, revolutionary talents in popular music history, an untutored genius whose audacious playing changed rock forever. On page three of a new biography of this flamboyant paragon of sound and style, author Philip Norman compares the elegiac climax of Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower solo to some poached eggs.

But wait, these are not just any old poached eggs. They are “heartbreakingly perfect poached eggs”, the kind that might be conjured by “a triple Michelin-starred chef” who wants to show his greatness in the simplest of dishes, such as “a plain roast chicken”… click to The Telegraph to read more

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