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Dimensions:
210 × 148 mm
304 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780235301
Illustrations:
46 illustrations
Published:
28 Mar 2016
Series:
Reverb

Jimi Hendrix Soundscapes Marie-Paule Macdonald

Jimi Hendrix, one of the great instrumentalists in rock history, pioneered an amplified sound that extended the scope of the guitar into the urban landscape. Jimi Hendrix: Soundscapes traces Hendrix’s personal and musical trajectory through the places in which he played, following him from the Pacific Northwest to the California coast, through the South and on to New York City, and from his musical beginnings as a youth in Seattle to his debut, touring career and his last weeks in London.

Hendrix was a genuine inner-city dweller, a nighthawk and wanderer who roamed the streets and alleys of everyday neighbourhoods and sought out seedy basement bars and intimate clubs – whether as performer or audience member. The rumble, uproar, babble and discord of urban life inspired Hendrix to incorporate noise into his powerful repertoire. Tracking the variety of places where Hendrix played, from open-air stages to dilapidated ballrooms, Marie-Paule Macdonald shows in this book how landscape and cityscape became for Hendrix a material to be exploited; he would eventually commission an architect and sound engineer to build an urban recording studio that would capture the reverberation, bounce, sustain and echo that he heard and played.

Crackling with the electrifying sound of explosive creativity, Jimi Hendrix: Soundscapes explores place and space to offer fascinating new insights into Hendrix’s resounding talent.

Marie-Paule Macdonald is Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Her previous books include Rockspaces (2000) and Wild in the Streets: The Sixties (in collaboration with Dan Graham, 1994).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Extraterrestrial Blues
1 West: Vancouver, Seattle, Monterey, San Francisco, Los Angeles
2 South: Nashville, Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans
3 East: Harlem, New York, New Jersey
4 London: A Psychedelic London Scene
5 The New York–London Axis, a Series of Returns
6 Heavy Touring
Conclusions
Chronology
References
Select Bibliography
Index