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4.0 out of 5 stars better than not bad but not "warts and all", 9 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
A well constructed history of Jimi Hendrix the musician between 1966-70, supported by some excellent new interviews with Linda Keith, Paul Caruso and Steve Winwood, but if you are interested in the formation of Jimi Hendrix the man you have to look elsewhere.

The interviews with Al Hendrix appear to have been judiciously edited, (other interviews too, including the gimmick interview with JH) but the relationship is well documented, e.g., Jimi Hendrix: Talking (In his own words) or broadly contemporaneous interviews with Kathy Etchingham (noticeable here by her absence) and others in Jimi Hendrix [Special Edition] [DVD] [1973].

The broken ankle anecdote by Bob Hendrix seems to have been adequately debunked in Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix. Janie Hendrix was not there before JH died so it's unclear what she brings to the party whereas Leon Hendrix, his younger brother, was definitely there at the time and Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story is worth a read. Then there's a reasonably contemporaneous biography by Curtis Knight Jimi: Intimate Biography of Jimi Hendrix which definitely paints an interesting portrait. Anything by Steve Roby is worth a look too.

This film, in a very harsh light, is too little and too late, but if you are only mildly interested in the background is worth a look, especially for the interviews mentioned above. Just in case it isn't obvious, I'm glad I watched it.
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Initial post: 17 Nov 2013 11:11:58 GMT
The new interviews were great and it was good to hear from Jimi's girlfriend Fayne Pridgeon some 40-odd years after her appearance in "A Film About Jimi Hendrix". She even gives a toned down version of her "Jimi was never a sideman" comment. There's a lot of material that fans would have seen in other documentaries but I thought that the integration of the new with the familiar was well enough done to keep things interesting.

Anyone who's heard the "gimmick" dialogue between Noel and Jimi would be disturbed at how woefully it's been edited. The omission of those three little words, "Yes....we do." destroys what was an excellent example of Jimi's wicked sense of humour.
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