Watch Rare Footage of Jimi Hendrix Performing “Voodoo Child” in Maui, Plus a Trailer for a New Documentary on Jimi Hendrix’s Legendary Maui Performances (1970)


In June of 1969, the unique Jimi Hendrix Experience, the band that offered the sixties to its reigning guitar god, disbanded for excellent with the departure of Noel Redding following a messy Denver Pop Festival appearance. The tale of that gig sounds so apocalyptic—involving heroin, riots, and tear fuel—that it reads like cosmic foreshadowing of the tragedy to come back: the many years’ biggest psych-rockers cross out in a haze of smoke. Somewhat over 365 days later, Jimi is useless.

But if he gave the impression burned out in Denver, consistent with his bandmates, it was once no indication in any respect of the place his song was once headed. Much of the strain in the band got here from Hendrix’s readiness to embark on the following section of his evolution. After Redding left, he was once straight away changed by way of Billy Cox, who performed with Hendrix at Woodstock in the primary incarnation of the Band of Gypsys, with whom Hendrix recorded “Machine Gun,” described by way of musicologist Andy Aledort as “the premiere instance of his unheard of genius as a rock guitarist.”

In wildly improvisatory performances, Hendrix strove to include the novel strikes of Coltrane. He had “transcended the medium of rock song,” writes Aledort, “and set a completely new usual for the possible of electrical guitar.” The medicine intervened, once more, and after a disastrous gig at Madison Square Garden in January 1970, the Band of Gypsys broke up. Then, the Experience reformed, with Cox on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums, and started recording and traveling the U.S.

When Jimi wasn’t too top to play, he delivered some of essentially the most blistering performances of his occupation, together with two mythical units in Hawaii in July, on the foot of Haleakala volcano, that will finally end up being his ultimate live performance appearances in the U.S. These units weren’t, in truth, scheduled excursion stops however over 50 mins of efficiency for a semi-fictional psychedelic movie known as Rainbow Bridge, infamous for making little sense and for chopping virtually all of the promised are living photos of Hendrix’s efficiency, angering everybody who noticed it.

The movie’s promised soundtrack by no means materialized, and fanatics have lengthy coveted those recordings, particularly the second one set, “a checking out flooring,” one fan writes, “for his new path.” Now, they’re in the end getting an reliable unencumber, on CD, Blu-Ray, and LP on November 20th. (See a complete tracklist of the two sets here.) This is not any outtakes & rarities money take hold of, however an crucial report of Hendrix on the top of his powers, 365 days after the Experience looked as if it would crash and burn. See for your self in the clip of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” on the best.

It’s too unhealthy that this top level of Hendrix’s ultimate yr has been overshadowed by way of the dismal failure of the movie that made it occur. But a new documentary, Music, Money, Madness… Jimi Hendrix in Maui objectives to revive this episode of Hendrix historical past. Coming out on the similar day because the are living recordings, November 20th, the movie (see trailer above) contains extra are living Hendrix photos than seemed in Rainbow Bridge, and tells the tale of how a horrible film were given made across the biggest rock musician of the day. The performances that did not make the lower inform some other tale—about how Hendrix was once, once more, doing issues with the guitar that nobody had ever finished prior to.

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Josh Jones is a author and musician primarily based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness


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