"Claim yourself totally," is a phrase attributed to the late sculptor Louise Nevelson. She was known to say this in reference to finding her voice as an artist. It seems anyone who does this achieves the possibility of becoming a classic. Regular folks and well known personalities - those who seem fresh for all time - may possess the potential, character and grit necessary to self-actualize. While it's within reach for anyone, anywhere, I would go further to add that no one gives anyone permission to 'claim yourself totally.' No easy task to accomplish, it's a highly personal 'inside job' which includes the seemingly endless practice of getting out of your own way. Nevelson and her quote arises relative to Jimi Hendrix, who was recently brought to mind with the release of the new documentary cum concert film, 'Electric Church.' Hendrix embodied Nevelson's sentiment in his own way.
Classic unorthodox Hendrix simultaneously serious and light-hearted interviewed on the Dick Cavett Show
'Electric Church,' starts with archival footage and interviews giving historical context to the events surrounding Hendrix's last public performance, July 4, 1970. In full possession of his gifts, sadly this was only 2.5 months before his death.
Captured in front of his largest U.S. audience, the documentary features Hendrix at the historic July 4, 1970 performance at the ‘Southern Woodstock’
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church is currently in select theaters around the world, adding new venues daily. The film opened at the historic Cineramadome theater on January 31st with a special Q&A with director John McDermott, legendary record producer and engineer Eddie Kramer (best known for not only collaborating with Hendrix but also with The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and others and Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix C.E.O. Janie Hendrix. The post-screening panel was moderated by 89.3-KPCC’s John Rabe.
The much-lauded documentary originally aired on Showtime. It tells the story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s involvement as the headliner of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, then hailed as the ‘Southern Woodstock.’ Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama stated, “We’re honored to add another Jimi Hendrix movie to the exalted list of music films we’ve released. Jimi certainly belongs in the pantheon with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Tony Bennett and the many others we’ve been privileged to handle around the world.”
Unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, Jimi Hendrix captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. Electric Church features close ups of Hendrix playing in an elaborate hand painted predominantly red silk kaftan with butterfly wings, similar to the outfits soul sister Louise Nevelson was known to wear and would have appreciated. In an interview with Dick Cavett he explains what 'Electric Church' means to him. Paul McCartney thought Hendrix gained confidence by his time spent performing in England before returning to the US his place of birth. McCartney freely admits to worshipping Hendrix, commenting, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.” The film features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others.
The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s July 4, 1970 headlining appearance a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing. The footage was stored in a barn for 30 years, overlooked until now. Atlanta International Pop Festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing the Hollywood films The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love. Standout performances from the film include the Hendrix classics “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” as well as confident, compelling versions of “Straight Ahead,” “Freedom” and “Room Full Of Mirrors.” Those new to Hendrix, and as well for aficianados and fans of rock’s classic ‘60s – ‘70s era will not want to miss this Electric Church.
Feb 1 - 7 - Buffalo NY - North Park Theatre
8 - 10 - Phoenix AZ - FilmBar
11 - Vancouver BC - Vancity Theatre
13 - Seattle WA - SIFF Cinema Uptown **
15 - Shreveport LA - Robinson Film Center
17, 19 - Columbus OH - Gateway Film Center
20 - San Antonio, TX - Santikos Bijou
21- Eugene OR - Broadway Metro
21 - 21, 28 - Hudson NY - Time & Space Limited
22 - Lake Worth, FL - Lakeworth Playhouse
22 - Boise ID - The Flicks
22 - 24 - Albuquerque NM - Guild Cinema
22 - 28 - Howell MI - Historia Howell Theater
22 - 28 - Fayetteville NC - Cameo Art House
22 - Long Beach CA - The Art Theatre
24 - 25 - Cathedral City/Palm Springs CA - Mary Pickford 14
24, 26 - Florence OR - City Lights Cinemas
25 - Nashville TN - Belcourt Theatre ***
25 - Fairfield CT - StageOne
26 - Bellingham WA - Pickford Theater
27 - State College PA - The State Theater
27 - Kansas City MO - Tivoli Cinemas
28 - Newport RI - Janes Pickens Theater
28 - Mystic CT - Mystic Luxury Cinemas
28 - El Paso TX - Alamo Drafthouse
Mar 1 - Baton Rouge LA - Manship Theatre
1 - 3, 9 - 10 Hudson NY - Time & Space Limited
2 - 3 Long Beach CA - The Art Theatre
4 - 5 - Newton NJ - Skylands PAC
5 - 7, 17 -Toronto, ONT - Hot Doc
8 - Schenectady NY - Proctors Theatre
9 - Monterey CA - The Golden State Theatre
11 - Salem OR - Salem Cinema
24 - Asbury Park NJ - Showroom Cinemas
April 3 - Stamford CT - The Avon Theatre Film Center
*Post-screening discussion with Eddie Kramer, Steve Rash, John McDermott and Janie Hendrix
**Post-screening discussion with Janie Hendrix
***Post-screening discussion with Billy Cox
What's great about art is that everyone brings their own frame of reference to the experience. For instance, ever since I've lived in Los Angeles, California, it has occurred to me that 'Purple Haze' was written about LA in the spring when the jacaranda trees are in bloom.
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]