-- A new documentary about late rock legend Jimi Hendrix will be shown on PBS this fall as part of the network's American Masters series. Jimi Hendrix -- Hear My Train A Comin' is scheduled to premiere on November 5 (check local listings), the same day as an expanded version of the film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray.
The two-hour documentary will trace the influential guitarist's astonishing music career, from his early years as a sideman to such stars as Little Richard and The Isley Brothers through his rapid ascendency to stardom to his tragic drug-related death at age 27. The film will introduce previously unseen concert performances and home movies shot by Hendrix and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, and also will feature rare photographs, drawings, correspondence and more.
In addition, Hear My Train A Comin' will include interviews with Jimi, some of his family members and girlfriends; his band mates Mitchell, Noel Redding and Billy Cox; and such famous musical associates and fans as Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Billy Gibbons, Dave Mason and Vernon Reid. A preview of the flick can be viewed now at RollingStone.com.
The DVD and Blu-ray will boast expanded footage of Jimi in concert, including performances at the Miami Pop Festival in May 1968, the New York Pop Festival in July 1970 and Germany's Love & Peace Festival in September 1970. The latter event was The Jimi Hendrix Experience's very last performance. The video releases will offer high-definition visuals and revamped stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes from famed Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer.
In related news, a live album titled Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival will also hit stores on November 5. The record boasts a previously unreleased performance by the group that was recorded by Kramer on May 18, 1968, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. The album will be available as a standard CD and on high-quality, limited edition vinyl.
Here is the full track list of Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival:
"Hear My Train A Comin'"
"I Don't Live Today"
"Fire" (Afternoon Show)
"Foxey Lady" (Afternoon Show)
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