Jimi Hendrix Documentary, Live Album Coming in November
A new documentary about Jimi Hendrix will be released in November as the final part of a yearlong celebration of the late guitarist’s 70th birthday. A CD featuring previously unreleased concert performances will come out on the same day.
The two-hour documentary, titled ‘Hear My Train A Comin’,’ will also be shown on PBS as part of the ‘American Masters’ program on the same day of the DVD release, Nov. 5., according to The New York Times. The CD compiles two shows from the Miami Pop Festival on May 18, 1968, by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and includes faves like ‘Foxy Lady’ and ‘Fire’ as well as early performances of ‘Hear My Train a Comin’ and ‘Tax Free.’
Footage from the concert appears in the documentary, which features interviews with Hendrix collaborators, concert performances and a profile of the artist. Director Bob Smeaton, who’s worked on other Hendrix films in the past, told The New York Times that ‘Hear My Train A Comin’ also reveals just how experimental Hendrix was with his music.
“You try to get to the real musicality of the guy, rather than just, ‘Here we go again, another guitar solo,’” he said. “You hear about Hendrix playing the guitar with his teeth or behind his head. But he knew what he was doing. And that sometimes gets overshadowed by the crazy hair and the other stuff.”
The documentary and CD wrap up Experience Hendrix’s 12-month celebration of what would have been the music legend’s 70th birthday on Nov. 27, 2012. A new collection of studio outtakes, ‘People, Hell & Angels,’ was released earlier this year as part of the program.