Jimi Hendrix

Hear My Train A Comin' (Experience Hendrix / Legacy)

Rock & Roll DVDs

Jimi Hendrix

Hear My Train A Comin' (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

Hear My Train a Comin' isn't the first documentary on Jimi Hendrix, but it may be the best. Originally produced for PBS' acclaimed American Masters, the film continues that series' tradition of artistic, dignified storytelling. With creative use of graphics, including samples of Hendrix's handwritten lyrics, and on-camera interviews with key figures both professional (Eddie Kramer, Billy Cox, Chas Chandler) and personal (Linda Keith, Fayne Pridgon, Paul McCartney), UK director Bob Smeaton (Festival Express) paints a colorful portrait of the superhero guitarist as a dedicated artiste. Smeaton pays scant attention to the more scandalous side of Southpaw's career, his numerous dalliances with women and drugs mentioned more in passing than as essential episodes. Instead, he concentrates on what made Hendrix famous in the first place: his music. Even better, the DVD includes footage of several Hendrix festival performances, including his final show at Germany's Love & Peace Festival. Essential for fans.

READ MORE
More Jimi Hendrix
"Unseen Hendrix"
Robert Hewgley's dramatic images of Jimi Hendrix at a 1969 concert capture a musician in the throes of creation

Robert Faires, Dec. 5, 2014

The Ties That Bind
Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story
Jimi's brother Leon has some insight, yes.

Kevin Curtin, Dec. 7, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Vallejo
Unified, Unificados (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Dec. 2, 2016

Texas Platters
Insects vs. Robots
TheyllKillYaa (Record Review)

Greg Beets, Dec. 2, 2016

More by Michael Toland
Red Fang Sinks Its Hooks In
Red Fang Sinks Its Hooks In
Oregonian hard rockers can’t let up

Nov. 23, 2016

Texas Platters
Nekrist
Seeking Justice in a Criminal Way (Record Review)

Nov. 25, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Jimi Hendrix

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)