05 29 2016
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A new book about the artist's early life, \"Becoming Jimi Hendrix."

The book compiles facts and interviews covering Hendrix' childhood and the years before his breakthrough as a rock superstar, plus 25 rare photos of the music great's career .... As a father, a military veteran and a lunch-counter protester in the South, so much of Jimi Hendrix's short life has been largely overlooked until now ... The Hendrixes were extremely poor ... a teacher told Jimi's dad this child needs desperately to have an instrument, he is going through a psychological trauma, and finally Al did buy him his first guitar for $5 .

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey has forgiven Jonathan Franzen.
Nine years after picking Franzen's "The Corrections" for her book club and then canceling his appearance on her show after he expressed ambivalence over her endorsement, Winfrey has chosen his new novel, "Freedom." The talk show host is not scheduled to announce her pick until Friday, but The Associated Press on Thursday purchased a copy that had a book club sticker on the front.

Painter tackles this subject in the serious, methodical and academic fashion expected of a Princeton University professor who also happens to be African-American. Weighing-in at 500+ pages, her informative, encyclopedic opus ponders whether White people even belong to a separate race: the author's examination of the history of Western Civilization from ancient Greece and Rome to the present reveals the emergence of "Whiteness" to be a relatively-recent phenomenon, having caught hold in the 1700s in Germanic propaganda

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