November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970
JIMI: SOUNDS LIKE A RAINBOW: A STORY OF THE YOUNG JIMI HENDRIX
by Gary Golio
illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
(Houghton Mifflin, 2010)
Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an
innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and
paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a
broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked
himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and
interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story
of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted
and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix—a groundbreaking performer whose
music shook the very foundations of rock ‘n’ roll.
Jimi Hendrix, musician
November 27, 1942-September 18, 1970
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Clarion Books, 2010).
Meet the heart and soul of the rock ‘n’ roller who electrified the 1960s–before he became a star. Through vibrant language and dynamic illustrations, readers are introduced to Hendrix’s childhood friends, his inspirations, his songs, his fire.
The official Jimi Hendrix website offers news, video, music, album information and a bio of this pioneer.
Bruce Lee, athlete
Nov. 27, 1940-July 20, 1973
Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee (Lee & Low Books, 2006)
A master of Kung fu, Chinese American Bruce Lee turned the West on to martial arts.
The Bruce Lee Foundation preserves the legacy of Bruce Lee.