Saturday, March 26 2022
Book signing and live Q&A with rock journalist Kenneth Kubernik and composer James Newton for “Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child” @ Mr Musichead
About this event
Rock journalist Kenneth Kubernik chronicles the electric life and tragic end of lyrical innovator Jimi Hendrix with a curated slideshow based on his novel Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child. Patrons will be able to have their books signed by the author and also enjoy a live Q & A between Kubernik and renowned composer/flutist and Jimi Hendrix scholar James Newton.
About the Book
A unique tribute to Jimi Hendrix featuring contributions by those who knew and worked with him, enhanced with images by the most renowned rock photographers of the era.
The legendary Jimi Hendrix shook the music world to its very soul as a musical and lyrical innovator, until his untimely death in 1970 at only 27 years of age. Yet his body of work remains timeless and universal, touching old and new fans alike. In this unprecedented volume, acclaimed rock journalists Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik celebrate Hendrix: his life, his music, and his legacy. Their multi-voice narrative weaves together his incredible story. There are fascinating behind-the-scenes contributions from the scene makers and musicians of the time, including previously unpublished excerpts from interviews with the recording, producing, and engineering principals from throughout Hendrix’s career, with a focus on his music. Along with stunning photographs and memorabilia, Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child is the ultimate keepsake for Hendrix fans.
About Rock Journalist Kenneth Kubernik
Kenneth Kubernik is a former editor of Music Connection magazine. He has contributed to Variety, the Los Angeles Times, and MIX magazine. He is the co-author of The Story Behind the Band and served as an editorial consultant on 1967 and Canyon of Dreams. He lives in Los Angeles.
About Composer/ Flutist James Newton
Mr. Newton’s work encompasses chamber, symphonic, and electronic music genres, compositions for ballet and modern dance, and numerous jazz and world music contexts.
Mr. Newton has been the recipient of many awards, fellowships, and grants, including the Ford Foundation, Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Arts and Rockefeller Fellowships, Montreux Grande Prix Du Disque, and Downbeat International Critics Jazz Album of the Year, as well as being voted the top flutist for a record-breaking 23 consecutive years in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Poll.
Described as a musician’s renaissance man, Newton has performed with and composed for many notable artists in the jazz and classical fields: San Francisco Ballet, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi, Mingus Dynasty, Anthony Davis, David Murray, Aurèle Nicolet, Dino Saluzzi, Zakir Hussain, Geri Allen, New York Philharmonic, Cecil Taylor, Emmanuel Pahud, Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Billy Hart, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Henry Threadgill, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ensemble für Neue Musik (Zurich), Gloria Cheng, Jon Jang, and Frank Wess among others.
Newton is a distinguished professor emeritus at the Herb Alpert School of Music, the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also held professorships at the University of California at Irvine, California Institute of the Arts, and Cal State University Los Angeles. Professor James Newton is an expert on Jimi Hendrix and has taught several courses at UCLA focused on the music and influence of Jimi Hendrix. In May of 2005, the California Institute of the Arts awarded Mr. Newton a Doctor of Arts Degree, Honoris Causa.