Reviews Ep. 3

1. Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church

“It was almost like an ‘experience’ going to his concerts.”
-Larry Vaughn, Concert Promoter

I’m reviewing this documentary (here comes a hot take) because Jimi Hendrix was better, as a guitarist, than anyone who’s ever lived; similar to Picasso and painting (I’m huge fans of both).

The Atlanta Pop Festival, 1970. 104 degrees. Half a million people. A $14 ticket for a three-day festival (for as long the fences held out those without tickets). Five-hundred thousand Coca-Colas were reportedly ordered (I think it was the mayor who said this; they showed actual film of him, I just don’t recall for sure).

Teetering dangerously close to a summary there for a moment, I quite enjoyed this documentary. It’s essentially three sections, the first two of which were made up primarily with interviews.

The first is little vignettes about Hendrix, both history and who he was at the time of the festival (1970). Some great pics, not a lot of video with sound though, which took me out of it a few times. Overall, a great summary for someone who didn’t know much about him, and some interesting stories for everyone.

The second section builds to the third by describing and showing the lead-up to the festival itself, which though at first was a little boring, it picked up and by the end of it, I had a great understanding of the excitement surrounding the event.

The third part is film of the concert itself, from a number of angles. Mostly Jimi, but some shots of the audience and the band. Seeing him play with fireworks exploding in the sky in the background was fantastic. Nothing more needs to be said, just enjoy this part.

Overall, it’s worth watching if you are or want to be a fan of Jimi Hendrix.

Am I now “experienced?”

Oh, and the “Electric Church” was a description of a tent kind of thing they had over the stage at Jimi’s concerts around that time (though not at the one from the film).

2. Dogfish Head — Beer to Drink Music To ‘17

I’m reviewing this beer because it was pretty delicious and I don’t want to forget it.

The beer is billed as a tropical blonde, which honestly is spot on. It’s brewed with kiwi juice and hibiscus flowers, which give a tart note, but without being melon-y or grapefruit-y. A beer that is fruity without being a fruity beer, it’s bright without being overly hoppy. It weighs in at 6.8% ABV, so it’s strong but not oppressive/dangerous.

Overall, I rate it a 4.5 out of 5 on Untappd.

3. The Get Down

I’m reviewing this show because I love the subject matter of disco, DJs, and graffiti, as well as the stylized cinematography.

New York City has been a different place for me than the version depicted in this series; the first visit I remember, I went to the Empire State Building with my dad and got a little Lego car from somewhere. I didn’t see the graffiti-encrusted subways, although I do remember the squigee guys.

So this series conveys a different understanding of what it means to be a New Yorker, and what it was like to participate in the NYC society of that era. I think it’s a fascinating time period in the best city in the world, and the Get Down does a great job (in my opinion, having not lived through it) of building up what that environment was like to live in.

I haven’t watched all of it yet as I’m savoring each episode, but the acting, writing, soundtrack, cinematography, and everything else make it a joy to watch.

Highly, highly recommend, especially if you love music.

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