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Jimi Hendrix's short life, lasting legacy chronicled in new film

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 - 01:40

Nov 04 - ''Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin''' chronicles the short but wildly influential life of the American guitar master who died at 27. Bob Mezan reports.

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A new documentary about Jimi Hendrix examines the double life of the famed 60s guitarist. "Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin" reveals a side of Hendrix many people never knew: off stage, he was a shy, quiet, and sometimes self-depricatiing man - at least that's according to his sound engineer Eddie Kramer. SOUNDBITE: Eddie Kramer saying (English): "Jimi Hendrix has had two personalities. In the studio, when he's with friends, working with us, he was a very quiet, very shy, very self-effacing man with a very, very acerbic sense of humor. He would take the mickey out of us. He would wind us up mercilessly with this sort of self-deprecating humor. He was wonderful, keeping the session light; that was what he did." The two-hour documentary takes viewers from Hendrix's humble childhood in Seattle to his four years at the pinnacle of rock music in the late 1960s and features previously unseen performance footage and home movies. The film also takes a look at his death. Filmmaker Bob Smeaton said Hendrix's overdose of sleeping pills at age 27 was an accident, and not suicide. SOUNDBITE: Bob Smeaton saying (English): "He was just reckless. Hendrix lived in a reckless time. He took sleeping tablets because he had to sleep and he drank red wine. That is not a great mix. It's just very sad that he died at such a young age, at 27." "Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin'" is set to air on U.S. network PBS on November 05.

Jimi Hendrix's short life, lasting legacy chronicled in new film

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 - 01:40

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