Jimi Hendrix Documentary Earns Two Emmy Nominations

"Hear My Train A Comin'" was aired on PBS last year.

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The Jimi Hendrix documentary, "Hear My Train A Comin'," which aired on PBS last year, has earned two Emmy nominations, Hennemusic reports.

The film about the life of the guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was nominated for "Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming," as well as for "Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming."

Directed by Bob Smeaton ("The Beatles Anthology," "Festival Express") and broadcast as part of the PBS series "American Masters," "Hear My Train a-Comin'" unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi from those closest to him.

The film 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.

A pioneering electric guitarist, Hendrix had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition, but his influential music and riveting stage presence left an enduring legacy.

Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the package features an array of special features highlighted by never before released film footage, including performances filmed at Miami Pop, the July 1970 New York Pop Festival and the September 6, 1970 Love & Peace Festival at the Isle of Fehmarn in Germany — the final performance by Jimi Hendrix.

Hosted by Seth Myers, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT from the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE In Los Angeles.

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    Hendrix was a left-handed guitar player and is depicted as right-handed in that ^ pic -fail.
    Actually, he was able to play both ways It stemmed from his father who didn't want him to be left handed (sign of devil worship or some shit) and so when his dad was around he would play his guitar right handed and when he wasn't he'd play left handed. I've read a number of times that he was incredibly proficient at both. Apparently when he went guitar shopping he'd try guitars both right and left handed before buying.
    That doesn't change the fact that the picture is probably inverted. He's playing a right handed guitar with his left hand, but the picture looks like he's playing a left handed guitar with his right hand. Also, another thing about his dexterity... he didn't just play those two ways. He could actually play upside down, too. For example, when his dad came in, he would be playing a right handed guitar that was strung up as a right handed guitar, but when his dad left the room, he would turn it over and play his right handed guitar (that was strung up to play right handed) upside down with his left hand. Crazy. However, that also means that it's just as likely he was playing one of his left handed guitars and turned it upside down. To play it right handed.
    Battery Chicken
    The pic is inverted, Jimi never played a left handed strat. Eric Clapton had bought him one while touring the US, but was never able to give it to him before he died.
    It wasn't uncommon for him to flip his guitar around during live performances. Also, take a look a the picture. He plays a left-handed guitar with his right hand. Look at the cut-away for the high strings and the pickguard. On a right-handed stratocaster, the pickguard and cut-away would be located at the "bottom" of the guitar, instead of the "top". Dunno how to explain this properly, but take a look at a right-handed stratocaster, then take a look at the picture above. Also, he's playing a black stratocaster with a white pickguard. Look below his left hand, and you can see the rest of the body of the guitar.
    He's probably most known for playing his right handed guitars with his left hand though. He did play left handed guitars, and he did switch hands during performances, so it's not impossible that you're right. It's just slightly more likely that the picture is inverted.
    Interesting...but to my knowledge he was known as a left-handed guitarist, at least in most of the videos that I've seen. Touche my friend.
    Dude, PBS...say what you want about that establishment, but wow. They can make phenomenal documentaries.
    So happy about this, I've watched that documentary at least 20 times now. Well deserved.