If you missed the documentary on the life of the greatest guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix, you can check it out on PBS for a limited time (well, you can see it here, too, if you scroll down).
The doc was directed by Bob Smeaton whose credits include several other Hendrix projects such as Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child (2010) and Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock (2012). He was also behind The Beatles Anthology and Festival Express.
“The biggest challenge was that having done a number of Hendrix projects in the past, I had to find a way of getting everything I wanted into the film without having it run six hours,” he told the New York Times, continuing, “and without having it turn into the same film I did in the past. You’ve got to hit certain points: when he came to London, when he played Monterey, certain albums, Woodstock, building his recording studio. But you also want to get a different take. And that’s the hardest thing – trying to stay fresh.”
Smeaton gathers an array of Hendrix friends, family and colleagues; and says this time he went a different route and included more women.
“In the past, I’ve interviewed mainly guys. And with guys, it always comes down to, ‘He was a great guitar player, he looked good on stage, he died too young.’ And that’s all true. But the women offer a different take. They say ‘He was shy,’ or ‘He was gentle.’ The women bring an interesting insight, and maybe for once we know more about him.”
‘Hear My Train A Comin’ was actually a song that Hendrix recorded between 1967 – 1970. Yet it was only released after his death.
The film is also on DVD.
The release is part of a multi-year celebration of Hendrix’s 70th birthday (which would’ve been last year, 2012), which saw previous releases of unseen Hendrix material, amongst other things.
As promised at the top of this story, you can check out the film below: