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Jimi Plays Monterey (1986)

Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing."
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Credited cast:
Jimi Hendrix ... Self (archive footage)
Noel Redding ... Self
Mitch Mitchell Mitch Mitchell ... Self
John Phillips ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Harrison ... Self (archive footage)
Mick Jagger ... Self (archive footage)
Brian Jones ... Self (archive footage)
Janis Joplin ... Self (archive footage)
John Lennon ... Self (archive footage)
Paul McCartney ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Shaar Murray Charles Shaar Murray ... Self - Commentary
Ringo Starr ... Self (archive footage)


Jimi Hendrix's landmark concert in Monterey County Fairgrounds in California in which he plays signature songs like "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "Wild Thing."

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Documentary | Music


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[first lines]
Narrator: The first time I ever saw Jimi play was here in the Village, in the sixties. I think it was down in the basement of the old 'Cafe Wha?'. He played with pickup bands. He called himself Jimmy James then. Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. Everybody was talkin' about this guy and his crazy Stratocaster. He had it strung right-handed, he was playing it lefty. Hell, he was playing it every which way, upside down, backwards, sometimes with his teeth. But, knocking out great blues.
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Edited from Monterey Pop (1968) See more »


Purple Haze
Written and performed by Jimi Hendrix
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Not very long, but essential viewing for Hendrix (and most rock) fans
28 January 2005 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Still one of the most famous rock festivals of all time, Monterey Pop brought together much of the music that was striking chords with young people all over America- some of the talent that had been obscure or small time in the US (Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix), while others were huge smash bands (The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas and the Papas), not to mention a breakthrough performance for Ravi Shankar. With this accompaniment to the feature film, which was released twenty years or so before this, Hendrix and the Experience brought their sound for the first time after being the cult favorites in the UK. It's not a long concert, but it can certainly be counted as one of his most notorious.

There were allegations, which perhaps could or could not be true (I haven't read any biographies about the concert, but I heard the rumors), that Hendrix was on acid during the set. Whatever he was on or wasn't on, the songs that come through (filmed with superb documentary detail by DA Pennebaker, with assistance from Albert Maysles) are none-the-less mesmerizing. Aside from what has been played over and over to show the insane magnitude of Hendrix (burning his guitar after a crazed rendition of "Wild Thing"), there's also a turn of "Like a Rolling Stone", "Hey Joe", and a beautiful bit with "The Wind Cries Mary". There could've been more in the way of interviews, but as it is, Jimi Plays Monterey is a fine little companion piece to the film.

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16 October 1987 (Denmark) See more »

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