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Are You Experienced by Jordan Sonnenblick - Article by Cindy, Staff Blogger

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I picked up this book on a whim... and from the opening line of the main character to the ending comment by the author, the story was a fascinating look at a father and son relationship, time travel, musician Jimi Hendrix, and the hippie concert at Woodstock in 1969. I had trouble putting this book down.

The title of the book is the same title as an album by Jimi Hendrix.

Are You Experienced? - book coverAre You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick

"Rich is fifteen and plays guitar. When his girlfriend asks him to perform at protest rally, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the police show up, and so does Rich's dad. He's in big trouble. Again. To make matters worse, this happens near the anniversary of his uncle's death from a drug overdose years ago. Rich's dad always gets depressed this time of year, but whenever Rich asks questions about his late uncle, his dad shuts down. Frustrated by his dad's silence, Rich sneaks into his office and breaks into a locked cabinet that holds his dad's prized possession: an electric guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. Before he knows it, Rich is transported to the side of a road in Upstate New York with a beautiful girl bending over him. It will take him a while to realize it's 1969, he's at Woodstock, and the girl's band of friends includes his fifteen-year-old dad and his uncle, who's still alive. What Rich learns, who he meets, and what he does could change his life forever." ~ publisher.

Janis Joplin - book cover

On a related note, singer Janis Joplin, makes a brief appearance in Are You Experienced?, and this reminded me of a book I read a few years ago that was on one of those 'bests' lists for YA non-fiction, Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing. It was a surprisingly interesting read about the 1960's musician, her amazing voice, and tragic death at a young age.

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel

"This book examines the life and musical career of Janis Joplin. Introduces the life and career of the iconic music performer, commemorates the anniversary of her death, and draws on anecdotes from friends and bandmates that help examine her relationships, musical themes, and ongoing influence". ~ publisher

"There was electricity in the air when Janis was around. . . . She was vulnerable, powerful, super wide open, talented, and interesting in a kind of terrifying way." ~ Sam Andrew, former band mate and best friend; from Booklist, American Library Association.

Peace out,

Cindy

Staff Blogger

 

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