When I found out that Bloomsbury had recently published Starting At Zero I got a copy, as fast as I could. I knew that this would be yet another opportunity for some critics to flood the social networks with hazy reviews, focusing on any missing gossip about the legend’s life. Our new celebrity culture is turning the public into "people watchers" as opposed to audiences, at times, disregarding the essence of what talent is. So this would be my chance to read about an icon’s own story.
I didn't know whether I’d, actually, go through the 256 pages (I do prefer audio books) so I looked at Jimi’s picture on the cover, and I thought to myself, “Cat, I’d like to see a portrait of you, and not just more of what everyone thinks they should know. Talk to me!”
To say that I found a poetic treasure, a riveting piece with interesting and entertaining facts about Jimi Hendrix would be an understatement. This book is, without a doubt, a collector’s item. It’s beautifully crafted, the perfect homage to Jimi’s colorful and prolific music career; adorned with lively illustrations and a powerful compilation of profound anecdotes, letters, postcards, iconic lyrics, and hilarious interviews. It’s an eloquent journey through the making of the rock star. Every page is a gift to the imagination, wrapped in big and small words. Starting At Zero is like a purple room, inside of which one can experience a fascinating roller coaster of magic, wisdom and the sheer simplicity of Jimi’s life.
There’s something beautiful about giving someone one’s undivided attention, and I felt that I was giving Jimi a chance to speak for himself; to explain his thoughts, to describe the purpose of his existence and to narrate what music meant to him. No one, except for Jimi, never really knew the man behind the superstar, the human being behind the musician, the young soul behind the legend. Starting At Zero is a door into his mind, showcasing the sound of his honesty, about and with himself, loud and clear.