Because the author focuses on Hendrix’s roots and early experiences, it provides a much more humanizing perspective on the man. It’s probably a fair criticism that his later life receives an only moderately detailed treatment. However there are many other books that do this sufficiently well. I am not aware of a book that provides such an intimate and well-researched glimpse into Hendrix’s early life and relationships.
The fact that Hendrix was able to accomplish anything in view of his abusive and neglected child-hood speaks volumes to his level of passion, determination, and genius. It only further illustrates the tragedy of lost potential in this musical magi.
I learned a lot from this book, and I thought I knew a lot before reading it.