Jimi : sounds like a rainbow : a story of the young Jimi Hendrix / by Gary Golio ; illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.

Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Golio, Gary.
Other Authors: Steptoe, Javaka, 1971- (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: Boston : Clarion Books, 2010.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Valuable lessons underlie newcomer Golio's account of Hendrix's life: important work can be done by young people; artistry develops slowly, through careful work; and surroundings that appear hostile to creativity can just as well nurture it. Golio describes the sonic landscape of Hendrix's youth-"A truck engine backfired, pounding like a bass drum, as a neighbor's rake played snare against the sidewalk"-and builds on Hendrix's discoveries with his guitar until his creations begin to satisfy him: "Jimmy was finally painting with sound!" He emphasizes the significance of Hendrix's friendships with two boys, Terry and Potato Chip, and the support of his father, who buys him a "new white Supro Ozark" electric guitar even when money is tight. Steptoe (Amiri and Odette) builds distinctive three-dimensional artwork by painting plywood portraits of Jimmy and his friends and stacking them on painted backgrounds. Vintage images like vinyl records and old packaging vie for attention; there's constant movement. The story ends at the height of Hendrix's success; an afterword gives a more detailed biographical sketch, and author/illustrator notes explain their connections to his story. Ages 6-9. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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