Nobody was quite sure who Jimi was when he appeared amidst the rock glitterati at the landmark Monterey Pop festival in June, 1967, but after the internal and external combustion of "Wild Thing," with Hendrix straddling his guitar, squirting lighter fluid on it, and setting it ablaze, everyone knew. Though he beat the Who (also making one of their first major U.S. appearances) at their own game, the scenario of destruction might have overshadowed the excellence of all that came before. Introduced by Brian Jones, Hendrix came roaring out of the gate with a full-tilt version of "Killing Floor" and didn't let up from there: a lascivious "Foxy Lady," a take-no-prisoners "Like A Rolling Stone," a balls-to-the-wall "Rock Me Baby," the dynamic downshift of "The Wind Cries Mary" (in which you can hear his speakers rattle at the orca-like bass frequencies) and then the lysergic song — "Purple Haze" — which would become a rallying cry of the Summer of Love, awaiting the solstice.
By Glenn Kenny on 09.29.14 in Features
The legendary guitarist's greatest strengths are entirely absent from the film about him.
By Marc Hogan on 09.11.14 in News
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By Lindsay Hood on 09.05.14 in News
September 5, 2014, is about to go down as a rather important day in history. The Toronto Film Festival has dedicated the next 24 hours to our favorite Ghostbuster. That's right. Today is Bill Murray Day. If you weren'...
By Lindsay Hood on 08.27.14 in News
While OutKast is set to continue their reunion tour through the fall, André 3000 will also be making his debut as Jimi Hendrix in the John Ridley-directed biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side. Recently, he sat down with Times...