On July 30, 1970 Jimi Hendrix played in a cow pasture several miles from Haleakala Crater in Maui. The concert was supposed to be featured in the “Rainbow Bridge” movie, but very little actual footage was used. Hendrix played two full sets, but due to technical problems, only about 17 minutes of film footage was good enough to be used in a theatrical release.
Rainbow Bridge was directed by Chuck Wein, who’d had three previous movies produced by Andy Warhol and starred Pat Hartley, a New York based model playing herself. The plot of the movie, which was a documentary-style film, involved a New York model who travels from San Diego, California to an occult center on the island of Maui. While there she encounters various devotees of surfing, clairvoyance, zen, yoga, meditation and Tai-Chi.
Rainbow Bridge premiered at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood in the fall of 1971.
The movie is essentially a biography of Jimi and includes interviews with friends and fellow Rock musicians Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Buddy Miles where they comment on Jimi’s life and his influence on Rock music.
After the concert, Jimi went to Europe and played a few concerts before dying in Kensington, London on September 18th at the age of 27.
Jimi Hendrix Discography:
1967 – Are You Experienced
1967 – Axis: Bold as Love
1968 – Electric Ladyland
1970 – Band of Gypsys
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