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  posted on 11/4/2013 at 06:15 PM
Part of PBS' American Masters series: "Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A-Comin' " -- Rare performance footage, photographs, family letters, and archival interviews explore the life and music of pioneering electric guitarist and rock musician Jimi Hendrix, beginning with his start in Seattle and his rise to fame. Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Check local listings; Bay area date and time is Tuesday 11/5, 9:00 - 11:00 PM.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 09:57 AM
I thought it was one of the best rock documentaries I have seen, it really captured the essence of Jimi. What you came away with was how incredibly driven he was to be the best. Of course there were drugs and there were women. Nevertheless, music completely dominated his life: Stories about him walking out from his bedroom to eat in the morning, the guitar already on...........taking the guitar with him into the bathroom. I also liked the story (can't remember now who told it) about Jimi walking into a room and picking up a guitar, turning it upside down, and playing it without re-stringing it. "He picked it up and played it backwards. I don't know who else could do that, because he had to think backwards while he played." Jimi's talent was limitless, but his drive was also limitless.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 10:02 AM
Caught the last half hour and it was so well done I hope they replay it....
 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 10:09 AM
The DVD is in the mail right now. I look forward to watching it this weekend.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 12:10 PM
Thanks for the head's up. In the DVR for later watching.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 02:58 PM
http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/11/05/jimi-hendrix-on-pbs-american-masters/

Good review of the show.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 03:12 PM
caught a half hour of this near the end, fantastic from what i saw!!!

really dug the part where they did the song deconstructions from Axis, once showing just Jimi's vocals (can't remember the song), and then listening to Eddie Kramer talk aobut the sounds in Little Wing, andseperating the three guitar parts that were mixed together, VERY similar to Dowd behind the wheels showing the Layla mix. WAY COOL!!!!!

also didn't know he was ripped on (STB, STP - couldn't understand what the guy said) for his performance at the first day of Miami Pop and again just flies it into the stratosphere. and then the next day it rained, so his performance was cancelled, and he write Rainy Day, dream away, in the cab that afternoon.

it's weird seeing everybody sitting down in the daytime while The Experience was blasting it out, they were as high as he was

 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 06:15 PM
I had planned on watching this but went to bed early after a long day at work I didn't even realize Scorsese was involved, now I REALLY have to watch this. I'm sure it's very well done.

Good points about Jimi's work ethic. It seems impossible to find anybody who actually knew Jimi who doesn't tell some version of the "he was always playing guitar" story. He worked very, very hard to accomplish what he did, and I think that is often lost in the mythology of Jimi as the laid-back Hippie Love God Of The 60s.

I often say the same thing about New Orleans musicians. Having lived in the Big Easy, it isn't some vague voodoo or hard-to-define "vibe" that makes New Orleans musicians so good, although those things help. It's the simple fact that they work harder at it than anyplace else I've been, and that hard work translates into the quality of the music.

 
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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 07:03 PM
I watched the whole thing at 2 am. All I can say is man I wish you could have stuck around a whole lot longer! My first concert was Jimi in Cleveland.

No has ever come close to matching him even now he still sets the bar.
A few years ago they were saying the guy from van halen was better than jimi. What a laugh ! Jimi leads and the rest just whimper behind him. Of course except the guys who have played guitar in the ABB .

 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 08:07 PM
missed, maybe need to get the dvd
 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 08:19 PM
I loved it!

McCartney telling the story about getting a call to play at Monterey and declining, but telling them to look into this guy named Hendrix and them saying ... "who ?" The look on Paul's face telling that story, really cool.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2013 at 08:25 PM
for those of you, like me, who

a- missed it
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b- forgot to set your DVR

you can watch it on the PBS web site

 

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  posted on 11/9/2013 at 03:00 PM
Got around to watching the show this morning. It was very, very good.
 

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  posted on 11/9/2013 at 04:50 PM
it airs again at 2am this sunday morning
 

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  posted on 11/9/2013 at 06:58 PM
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it airs again at 2am this sunday morning


Thanks! Going to DVR it!

 

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  posted on 11/10/2013 at 03:25 AM
It was on British tv recently also. I was blown away!

Also once again slightly saddened by the comparison of just how much footage there is of Jimi, while there is next to none of duane. Astonishing to believe there is literally no video footage of duane speaking anywhere.

Anyway back to Jimi. Great documentary :-)

 

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  posted on 11/10/2013 at 04:33 AM
The documentary "Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hear My Train A Comin'" is directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Festival Express) so i don't know were this "Directed by Martin Scorsese" is coming from. Maybe listed as a producer or he hasn't got anything to do with it since he is obviously not the director.

I guess all the bonus material on the DVD (which apparantly shows most of the unreleased material and is therefor the most interesting for Jimi Hendrix fans and collectors) wasn't part of the PBS tv program?
Total running time of the DVD is a whoppin' 190 minutes!

BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE 13 PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PERFORMANCES ONLY AVAILABLE ON THIS DVD/BR :

MIAMI POP FESTIVAL: 5.1 Stereo

Never before released color film footage of the group's legendary May 18, 1968 festival performance, including "Foxey Lady," "Tax Free," and "Fire" together with interviews with festival promoter Michael Lang and engineer Eddie Kramer.

NEW YORK POP FESTIVAL: 5.1 Stereo

Never before released color film footage of the group s July 17, 1970 festival performance, including "Message To Love," "Lover Man," "All Along The Watchtower," "Purple Haze," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."

LOVE & PEACE FESTIVAL: Official 'Bootleg'

Newly discovered archival film footage of the final performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience on September 6, 1970 at the Isle Of Fehmarn, Germany. Includes "Killing Floor," "Spanish Castle Magic," "All Along The Watchtower" and "Foxey Lady" and an amateur soundtrack recording recorded by the festival promoters using stage microphones.

TOP OF THE POPS:

View the March 30, 1967 appearance featuring the group performing "Purple Haze"

 

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  posted on 11/10/2013 at 01:54 PM
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The documentary "Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hear My Train A Comin'" is directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Festival Express) so i don't know were this "Directed by Martin Scorsese" is coming from. Maybe listed as a producer or he hasn't got anything to do with it since he is obviously not the director.



Just to set the record straight, "Directed by Martin Scorsese" came directly from my cable TV on-screen channel guide, which in my opinion would be a fairly reliable source. You "don't know where this Directed by Martin Scorsese is coming from", yet you neglect to mention where "directed by Bob Smeaton" is coming from. I'm not saying that I am necessarily correct and you are wrong. I'm saying that the issue is still up for debate.

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  posted on 11/10/2013 at 02:00 PM
Wow, that post seemed a bit angry over nothing.

I'll hopefully end that with "Directed by Bob Smeaton" is what is listed on the back of my DVD case.

 

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  posted on 11/10/2013 at 06:17 PM
Really enjoyed this

 

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  posted on 11/11/2013 at 10:32 AM
Finally watched it over the weekend, and really enjoyed it. W/o being a spoiler, I liked Dweezil's comment on Jimi's antics at Monterrey.

I looked at the actual credits and saw no reference to Scorsese, though ATT also had that on my guide (and it also had the same on the Doors film that followed).

 

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  posted on 11/11/2013 at 11:11 AM
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I looked at the actual credits and saw no reference to Scorsese, though ATT also had that on my guide (and it also had the same on the Doors film that followed).


I have ATT as well. If the ATT guide also said that Martin Scorsese directed The Doors, then it's quite obvious that ATT is just wrong. Everyone knows that Oliver Stone directed The Doors. I wonder how much someone is getting paid at ATT to write these guide movie summaries.

Doesn't really matter, anyway. The Hendrix doc was tremendous, Scorsese or no Scorsese. Someone did Bob Smeaton a huge disservice however by not giving him credit.

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  posted on 11/11/2013 at 12:53 PM
watched it twice, its that good.

i am sad to report though over on IORR.org forum its being ripped apart by someone who actually knew hendrix. they have already uncovered 6 facts in the documentary that are wrong and mentioned some big names who were asked to participate but declined.

i however recommend anyone who is a fan to watch it. 40+ years after he died everything seems like he said/she said anyways other than we know he created great music and died too young.

 

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  posted on 11/11/2013 at 05:12 PM
Watched it all yesterday...outstanding!
 
 


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