Legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix will be the subject of a new documentary which features his last ever performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970. The documentary will also feature interviews from Paul McCartney, Kirk Hammett, Steve Winwood and many others.
The documentary is called Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, It’s officially approved by Experience Hendrix LLC and receives its TV debut on the US Showtime network on September 4, followed by a DVD release via Sony on October 30.
The film will show how promoter Alex Cooley secured him for the festival bill, just weeks before the guitar icon’s death. It also includes performance footage of classic tracks plus material that was to appear later, and a version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ that Cooley says “knocked people’s socks off.”
The Atlanta Pop Festival is often referred to as “southern Woodstock” and as “The last great US rock happening”, the festival supposedly gathered around 400,000 people. Speaking of Jimi, McCartney said “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit – but Jimi seemed to know more than us.”
The DVD will be accompanied by a soundtrack album Freedom: Jimi Hendrix Experience Atlanta Pop Festival, released on August 28, featuring six tracks that don’t appear in the film.
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