In 1956, 14 year old James Marshall Hendrix was in his Seattle home, listening to a thunderstorm raging outside. For a moment, he thought he heard a woman's name being blown in the wind— Ten years later, James changed his name to Jimi Hendrix and formed the band, The Experience. When they debuted at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, Hendrix set his guitar on fire and began a new chapter in the history of rock. He died three years later of an accidental drug overdose.
That is the story of Jimi Hendrix.
Most adults know his story yet now a whole new generation will be given his story with the release of a new childrens book titled: Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix.
When the author Gary Golio was asked why Jimi's story it was an easy question to answer. "Many of the kids I see if I say to them, what do you want to be when you grow up? Alot of them say 'I don't know'," he says. "If you don't have a goal as a young person, you're really adrift. Jimi had nothing materially, he was quite poor, but in his imagination, inside of himself, he lived a very rich inner life."
So true. So very true.