JIMI: Sounds Like A Rainbow
A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix

written by Gary Golio & illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Who was Jimi Hendrix before he became the greatest electric guitarist of all time?
He was a young boy named James Marshall Hendrix, known as Jimmy and sometimes as "Buster" (after the actor who played Flash Gordon, a science fiction film hero)...and he was in love with sounds and colors.

"I can see, my rainbow calling to me..."

May This Be Love, Jimi Hendrix

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"Golio's lyrical text sings with delicious description"

School Library Journal, *starred review*

"Outstanding in every way"
Kirkus Reviews, *starred review*

"Readers with hands itching for frets will be entranced"

"Javaka Steptoe's colorful mixed-media plywood art explodes off the page. His earthy, psychedelic folk art matches Golio's poetic treatment of his subject beautifully, capturing Hendrix's sound with arresting visuals."
The Horn Book

National Public Radio (NPR) "Weekend Edition" interview

JIMI author Gary Golio interviewed live on CBS-TV
*click here for video*