The Grail Guitar: The Search For Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze Telecaster by Chris AdamsThe Grail Guitar: The Search For Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze Telecaster by Chris Adams

The Grail Guitar: The Search For Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze Telecaster

byChris Adams

Hardcover | February 18, 2016

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In The Grail Guitar: The Search for Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze Telecaster, Chris Adams takes readers on a fascinating mystery tour to determine whether a Fender Telecaster bought secondhand in a London music store in 1973 was the one used by Jimi Hendrix to record "Purple Haze" in January 1967. The only clues are its left-handed tuners and the salesman's chance remark that the guitar was brought into the shop by a Hendrix roadie. But these are enough to set the author off on this intriguing journey into Hendrix history.With firsthand details from model Linda Keith, who discovered Hendrix in New York, Adams recounts how the rising star left for London with a white Stratocaster belonging to Keith Richards. The man who made Hendrix's pedals explains how this Strat failed to make the "Purple Haze" recording session and how it was replaced by a borrowed Telecaster. As Adams tracks down the surviving musicians, they shed light on the fate of that Telecaster and gradually the two guitars begin to merge into one. Throughout, Adams weaves his own story as a rock musician and tells how, against the odds, he managed to hold on to this remarkable instrument.Here is a riveting story of one man seeking the truth about a cultural artifact that changed rock history, a story for rock fans and guitar aficionados, treasure hunters and antique dealers, as well as anyone who likes a detective story.

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Chris Adams was the driving force behind the early 1970s folk-rock band String Driven Thing, which toured extensively in Europe and the United States, regularly opening for Genesis. Later, opening a recording studio, Chris Adams earned his living as a songwriter. In the early 1990s he reformed the band and they are active both on the ...
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Title:The Grail Guitar: The Search For Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze TelecasterFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 9.38 × 6.21 × 0.91 inPublished:February 18, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442246790

ISBN - 13:9781442246799

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Sifting Fact from FictionChapter 1: The Backup GuitarChapter 2: Purple Haze RumorsChapter 3: Ruby TuesdayChapter 4: Enter SvengaliChapter 5: JammingChapter 6: Experience CountsChapter 7: A Kentish LadChapter 8: The Purple Haze SessionPart 2: Following The Tele TrailChapter 9: Psychedelic MakeoverChapter 10: Travels with the Grail GuitarChapter 11: Dreams RealizedChapter 12: SamChapter 13: Isle of Wight ConnexionsChapter 14: The Hendrix ExpertChapter 15: Last RaysPart 3: OutcomesChapter 16: A Shot of RyeChapter 17: The CrewChapter 18: Holy RelicsChapter 19: Tele-photo!Chapter 20: The ExaminationPart 4: ConclusionsChapter 21: Exit LinesChapter 22: Return of the Grail GuitarChapter 23: Lonely IntersectionsChapter 24: Closing ArgumentsPostscript: The Man Who Said 'No' to JimiNotes on Key Players

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I was there the day that Chris Adams bought the battered old Tele, so I can vouch for the left handed tuners and the salesman's chance remark that it had been brought in by a Hendrix Roadie. But moving on from that point and building a case from scratch takes countless hours of detective work. And make no mistake! That's what this book is... an intriguing detective story with no clue left unfollowed and no lead left unturned. And by the way, that's what makes it a hell of a great read!