P&P Live! & DC Public Library Present Charles R. Smith & Edel Rodriguez — Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix

Upcoming Event
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 5:00pm

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Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with DC Public Library and the DC Public Library Foundation for an inspirational program with author Charles R. Smith and illustrator Edel Rodriguez who will discuss their book Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix.

The first 50 people to register for the event and select the "Free Event Admission + Free Book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix for their home library (one book per family, please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their book up in the Alma Thomas Teen Space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, beginning Monday, November 15. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. Please note that complimentary book copies must be picked up by Wednesday, November 24.


The story of Jimi Hendrix’s life unfolds in Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix. From a difficult childhood where he “lived the blues”, to his stint in the Army, to eventual fame and legendary performances, Jimi’s astonishing, larger-than-life talent explodes on the page through Smith's lyrical verse and Rodriguez’s bright, psychedelic artwork. “Dedicated to all the outcasts, misfits, and unique individuals who, like Jimi, want to wave their freak flag high,” this book will appeal to long-time fans and those encountering him for the first time.

Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award-winning author, photographer, and poet with more than thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for his photographs accompanying the Langston Hughes poem "My People" and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his biography on Muhammad Ali, 12 Rounds to Glory. He is also the author of Rimshots, Hoop Kings, Hoop Queens, Tall Tales, Short Takes, Diamond Life, and I Am America.

Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows in Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Spain. Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, cultural displacement, and mortality. Rodriguez's artwork is in the collections of a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix By Charles R. Smith, Jr., Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823443338
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Neal Porter Books - November 23rd, 2021

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