Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Church

USA | 2018 | 105 min • Narrative Feature

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Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:105
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Trailer:https://youtu.be/pB9Y52eNRb4
Cast/Crew Info
Director:John McDermott
Producer(s):Janie Hendrix
John McDermott

Description

“Electric Church” presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest U.S. audience of his career. This critically acclaimed film combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage of Hendrix unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.


The film details Hendrix integral role in drawing nearly 500,000 people to his Electric Church — a dusty scorching hot pecan orchard in Byron, Georgia some 100 miles south of Atlanta. Together with Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and drummer Billy Cox, Jimi skillfully blended favorites such as “Purple Haze,” “All Along The Watchtower,” and “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” with confident renditions of new songs such as “Freedom” and “Straight Ahead” that had not yet been released on album. As a colorful fireworks display stretched overhead across the night sky, Jimi performed the “Star Spangled Banner” to the wild delight of the massive audience.


Hendrix’s music and message of universal love made him the ideal artist and, appropriately, was the first act booked for the festival. Features interviews with Hendrix bassist Billy Cox, Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer, concert promoter Larry Vaughan, artists Paul McCartney, Metallica’s Kirk Hammit, Steve Winwood, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Mountain’s Leslie West and Bruce Hampton, publicist Bob Merlis, journalist Anthony DeCurtis, filmmaker Steve Rash and many more.


Paul McCartney freely admits to worshipping him, adding, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.”

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