New Jimi Hendrix Film on the Way
By Stacy M. Brown
More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal “Purple Haze” recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of a television special on PBS.
The documentary, “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’,” will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray, and will feature a bevy of previously unseen footage, including concert performances, home movies and photographs of the Seattle, Wash., native who died on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27.
“As a music fan, it’s inconceivable to not have this as part of your collection,” said Will Hunter, a Northwest resident and disc jockey who said he witnessed Hendrix live at the famed Woodstock, N.Y. Music Festival in 1969.
“This guy died before people could realize his true talent,” said Hunter, 64. “He was an original. Without him, there’s no Prince, there’s no Sly Stone and greats like that.”
The two-hour documentary also includes the rare, “Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival,” the first-ever release of one of the guitar virtuoso’s most sought-after performances, as originally recorded by Hendrix and his longtime sound engineer, Eddie Kramer.
The Miami event, the first major rock festival on the east coast, contains the first stage performance of, “Hear My Train A Comin’,” and “Tax Free,” while showcasing definitive live takes on such Hendrix classics as, “Fire,” “I Don’t Live Today,” and “Purple Haze.” The May 1968 festival jump-started the career of Michael Lang, who later organized Woodstock, the largest pop culture event of the decade.
Recently recovered film footage of Hendrix at the festival counts among the previously unseen treasures showcased in the new documentary and DVD release.