PBS to air American Masters: Hear My Train A Comin’ in conjunction with Sony Legacy’s Release of Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival: a Double Shot of Rock History comes to life in sight and sound.
Article by Joseph Timmons: Xombiewoof Magazine
On November 5th, 2013 PBS will air a documentary on the brief but amazing life of one who is synonymous with the development of today’s Rock & Roll music culture. At a point in time that would be Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday, PBS and Sony Legacy pay tribute to Jimi’s life and his gift to humanity.
American Masters: Hear My Train A Comin’ shows from beginning to untimely end, a career in music that is the stuff of legend, with interviews by those who knew and loved Jimi personally, worked with him, and through it all saw him as a man destined for immortality.
A pioneering electric guitarist, Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 — Sept. 18, 1970) had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition, but his influential music and riveting stage presence left an enduring legacy. Hear My Train A Comin’ traces the guitarist’s remarkable journey from his hardscrabble beginnings in Seattle, through his stint as a US Army paratrooper, unknown sideman to R&B stars such as Little Richard, Joey Dee and the Isley Brothers and his discovery and ultimate international stardom.
The film also features revealing glimpses into Jimi and his era from the three women closest to him: Linda Keith (the girlfriend who introduced Jimi to future manager Chas Chandler), Faye 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). The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state-of-the-art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.
Janie Hendrix, Sister and President of Hendrix Experience LLC, an organization devoted and entrusted with the preservation of Jimi Hendrix archives and his enduring legacy was quoted “American Masters: Hear My Train A Comin’ is an in-depth look at the life and legacy of Jimi Hendrix with his own words” she went on to say “His Impression on the world through his genius, music and talent continue to magically touch the lives of ensuing generations”.
In addition to the ground breaking documentary, a Sony Legacy recording is releasing rare audio recordings of his performance at the Miami Pop Festival. In May of 1968, the Miami Pop Festival, the first event promoted by Michael Lang, who would go on to organize the first Woodstock fifteen months later, was to be the first recordings of Jimi playing live at the first ever major concert festival on the east coast. Michael Lang and Ric O’Barry, Inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, where Jimi Hendrix, lit fire to his Guitar during his US debut, contracted Jimi Hendrix for this 2 day festival that would take Jimi Hendrix into the hearts of millions.
Performing, at the time his newest material, which are now standards in every artist play list, “Hey Joe”, “Fire”, “Foxy Lady”, “Tax Free”, “Purple Haze”, Red House”, “Hear My Train A Comin’” and more, this album takes you back in time when Hendrix first stepped onto the US stages and into our hearts.
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival will be available for purchase on November 5th, 2013, the same day PBS will air American Masters: Hear My Train A Comin’ and is expected to be the most viewed documentary of a Musicians life, the organization and dedication to detail of this presentation, and the quality of the audio on the album is magnificent and will entertain, educate and enlighten all that witness the life of Jimi Hendrix.
For more information on American Masters: Hear My Train A Comin’ go to PBS – American Masters Page and watch the trailer, see air dates / show time and find out more about this look into the living memory of a true genius in music.
To get the album Jimi Hendrix Experience – Miami Pop Festival, go to Legacy Recording for purchase information and this album will be available in stores and online.