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I mundane yet huge dive into the life of jimi hendrix.

  • Aug 10, 2010

Jimi himself is in reason to want to see this film.
It's a documentary that was made soon after his death, But the direction i think stay on key with what jimi's life had to say.
Every little fact and story they to say to me reflected greatly in how he played music. I  was very entertained.
It's a little movie that you won't see unless you look for it, but if you like his music there's no doubt you will enjoy it to a very deep level. You get to understand how his life shaped him and his music.
not to forget that Every live show featured on here is amazing.
i would give it a 8, mostly for the fact of the things they didn't cover like the music that has yet to be released from him, but considering how soon after his death this was made they may not have know about it yet.


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If any artist deserved a hagiography it was Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Boyd's 1973 "authorized" tribute adequately sanctifies the legend. Perversely for a documentary, it achieves this simply through well-chosen concert footage rather than through the insights of the various talking heads. Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, and Germaine Greer are all wheeled out to wax lyrical about their days with Jimi, but nothing is more eloquent than watching and listening to him play. From "Hey Joe" in grainy black and white on theReady Steady GoTV show, classic footage of Monterey, Woodstock (yes, "The Star-Spangled Banner"), and the Isle of Wight festivals to an acoustic 12- string rendition of "Hear My Train a' Comin'," Hendrix the musician speaks for himself.

But if Hendrix the musician shines through, this is not the most insightful profile of Hendrix the man. The circumstances surrounding his death, for example, are hardly touched upon (girlfriend at the time Monika Dannemann gets only a few seconds of screen time). Interview footage with Hendrix himself plus some occasionally rambling and incoherent comments from such intimates as his father, army buddies, ex-girlfriends (including Linda Keith, who "discovered" him in New York and brought him to England), and fellow musicians all take second place to the music itself. The most sensible quote comes from Little Richard, who proves once and for all that ...

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Genre: Documentary
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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