New biography, ‘Wild Thing’, celebrates the short, spellbinding life of Jimi Hendrix
27.08.2020

New biography, ‘Wild Thing’, celebrates the short, spellbinding life of Jimi Hendrix

Words by Tom Parker

Part celebration, part investigation, Wild Thing is the most boundary-pushing Hendrix documentation yet.

At the age of 27, music wunderkind Jimi Hendrix left us far too young. He was skillfully unmatched, captivating fans the world over with his boisterous, visceral live prowess. Yet, behind closed doors he was polite, soft and sweet-natured.

To celebrate the seminal talent that was Jimi Hendrix, acclaimed biographer Philip Norman has written Wild Thing, a fascinating exploration into the man, the myth, the legend that was Hendrix.

Within the biography, Norman shines a light on the evident contradictions between Hendrix’s public and private life, inspecting the splendour and sadness of his brief life while uncovering the circumstances that surrounded his death.

Wild Thing commences in Seattle where Hendrix grew up and proceeds to Mayfair where the megastar lived glamorously during a time where London was the ‘swinging’ capital of the world.

Part celebration, part investigation, Wild Thing is the most boundary-pushing Hendrix documentation yet and is sure to get music lovers and pop culture enthusiasts talking as the 50th anniversary of his death nears.

Norman has established quite the reputation himself, penning biographies for the likes of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Buddy Holly, Elton John and John Lennon. He has a long, storied career as a writer and Wild Thing is another masterstroke from the Londoner.

Wild Thing is out now via Hachette Australia. Grab a copy of the biography via Booktopia

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