Nov. 4, 2013 at 1:32pmJohn F. Kennedy

The new documentary, Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ features unseen footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival where he made his U.S. debut and infamously set fire to his guitar. 

Homes movies, new interviews with family, friends and musicians provide more insight into his life and personality.

 

The program is an in-depth look at Hendrix life and legacy by American Masters, a company that has earned 26 Emmy Awards since its 1986 premiere. Perfect viewing if you're a boomer like me.

Although it’s hard to believe, the pioneering guitarist (Nov. 1942-Sept. 1970) had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition before his untimely death at age 27.

Hendrix’s own words are used to tell his story, illustrated by interviews with band members, well-known friends and musicians as well as family. Also included are glimpses into his life provided by the three women who were closest to him: Linda Keith (the girlfriend who introduced Jimi to future manager Chas Chandler), Fayne Pridgon (who befriended Hendrix in Harlem in the early 1960s) and Colette Mimram (one of the era’s most influential fashion trendsetters who provided inspiration for Hendrix’s signature look and created such memorable stage costumes as the beaded jacket Hendrix famously wore at Woodstock).

I still remember the first time I heard Jimi Hendrix and the Experience playing Purple Hazeat age 17, through the walls of the living room from my older brother’s bedroom, where he was blasting the song from his stereo. I knew instantly the man was an incredible guitarist and musician. His musical genius and talent would magically touch the lives of my generation and those of future generations.  

Unseen performance footage and homes movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell and an extensive archive of photos, drawings, family letters and more will thrill Hendrix fans. Also detailed in the film is the creation of his ground breaking music, the rise of the Experience and the building of Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. The film concludes with footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death.

It sounds like a spectacular documentary. 

 

 

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