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22 October 2013

Thirty three years after his untimely death, Jimi Hendrix is as popular as ever. In March this year, an album containing twelve previously unreleased recordings of tracks he was working on for the planned follow-up to Electric Ladyland were finally released as 'People, Hell and Angels'

Next month, on 4 November, Experience Hendrix LLC in association with Sony Music Entertainment are set to release a brand new documentary called 'Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin'' on DVD/Bluray and, for the first time ever on CD, 'Jimi Hendrix - Miami Pop Festival' which was originally recorded in May 1968.

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Presented as part of a year-long celebration around his 70th birthday year (he was born on 27th November 1942) the two hour 'Hear My Train A Comin'' documentary tells his definitive story, illustrated by interviews with Hendrix himself and illuminated with commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Billy Gibbons and Dweezil Zappa.

There are also revealing glimpses into Jimi and his era from the three women closest to him: Linda Keith, the girlfriend who introduced Jimi to future manager Chas Chandler, Faye Pridgeon, who befriended Hendrix in Harlem in the early 1960s, and Colette Mimram, one of the era's most influential fashion trendsetters who provided inspiration for Hendrix's signature look and created some of his memorable stage costumes.

The film also details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state of the art recording facility in Greenwich Village and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.

Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC and the sister of Jimi Hendrix commented, "'Hear my Train A Comin' is an in depth look at the life and legacy of Jimi with his own words as well as the words and memories of those that knew him well and were close to him. His impression on the world through his genius, music and talent continue to magically touch the lives of ensuing generations."

The documentary is directed by the award winning director Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology; Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child; Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock) and features an array of special features including never before released performances from the 1970 New York Pop Festival and the September 1970 Love & Peace Festival at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany—the final performance by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Also being released on Monday 4th November, for the first time ever on CD, is 'Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival' containing one of his most sought-after performances, as originally recorded on site by Hendrix's long term sound engineer, Eddie Kramer. Never available in any form, the Miami Pop Festival is being released as a single CD and a limited edition numbered double 12" audiophile vinyl set (pressed on 200 gram vinyl).

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Miami Pop Festival introduces the first recorded stage performances of 'Hear My Train A Comin'' and 'Tax Free' while showcasing definitive live takes on such classics as 'Fire', 'Hey Joe' and 'Purple Haze.' The package includes never before published photos taken at the festival and an essay by award winning music journalist and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.

'Jimi Hendrix - Miami Pop Festival' Track Listing:
Hey Joe
Foxy Lady
Tax Free
Hear My Train A Comin
I Don't Live Today
Red House
Purple Haze
Fire (Bonus performance from afternoon show)
Foxy Lady (Bonus performance from afternoon show)

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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