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Friday30 November 2012

Happy 70th Birthday Jimi Hendrix!

at NZ Film Archive - Auckland, 300 Karangahape Road, Newton
The Film Archive celebrates rock and roll icon Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday. We will be screening a documentary of Hendrix’s legendary set at Woodstock, along with a short selection of New Zealand music videos capturing the late 1960s scene here.

We encourage attendees to dress in the spirit of the ‘60s for the Friday screening. There will be prizes for the grooviest costumes.

Prize categories for the costumes will include: “best Jimi Hendrix look-alike,” “most psychedelic” and “widest flares.”

"Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock" (57 min, USA, 1969, Exempt) documents Hendrix’s headlining appearance at the most famous music festival in rock and roll history. The documentary shows Hendrix performing early hits, including “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” and “Fire,” as well as jamming in a looser, more experimental mode as in his sped-up version of "Voodoo Child (Slight Return).”

“Jimi Hendrix: ‘Are You Experienced’? Better still, are you an experience? In rock today, it’s the sensation that counts to the exclusion of almost all formal qualities. Together with much contemporary American art, it is desperately and doomedly romantic, in full retreat from rationality, form and inner coherence. The mind exists only to be blown - like the brains of a Vietcong suspect at a police chief’s trigger finger.” - Craig McGregor, New York Times, 5 April 1970

The Film Archive screening will tap into the frenzied state of rock and roll during the 1960s and 1970s - in New Zealand as well as the United States. A short programme of New Zealand music videos from the late 1960s will precede the screening of "Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock."
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