American Masters: Jimi Hendrix

The PBS show American Masters, ran a fantastic documentary the other day: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’. You can watch the entire thing online or on the PBS app on an iPad or any iOS device.

Even if you think you know all there is to know about the short but amazing life of this rock legend, this documentary will fill in many gaps not to mention, give you a taste of the evolution of his music.

I saw The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Hollywood Bowl in 1968. In those days I saw a lot of bands perform live in both Los Angeles and up in San Francisco but I have to say, Jimi Hendrix was an original and whether you liked or like his music, there’s no denying he was a genius.


  1. Fantastic smackedpentax. Yes, his performances were “experiences” for sure.

    As I commented up at the PBS site this morning: two threads the documentary doesn’t deal with which is a shame are the evolution of his guitar work and how he used reverb so effectively, and his heavy drug use. I mean, they really candy coated the way he died, which was not by taking a few too many sleeping pills. Sheesh!

    That said, it was great to see all the archival footage and learn more about his early life.

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