Speaking on the BBC Breakfast and touting documentary film Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ about the star’s life Leon Hendix said: ”He was timid and soft-spoken off-stage and only went crazy on-stage.”
He told of an inquisitive impresario dismantling the family radio to “find the music inside” and the star learning music basics on a one stringed ukelele and a battered duck-tapped six-string electric guitar.
Guerilla Galleries artists and self-professed fans, Peter White and David Vigor both pay homage to Hendrix in two individually unique portraits depicting the enigmatic superstar in his purple pomp heyday. White’s offering presents the showman in full flow on stage which Vigor in his a diptych gets up close and personal, delivering a more initimate view.
The Hendrix documentary premieres on 5 November on PBS in United States, the same day as an expanded version of the film is released on DVD. With PBS available to British viewers on Sky channel 534 and Virgin 243 they should get a chance to plug in too.
The two-hour documentary traces the guitarist’s career, from his early years playing alongside Little Richard right through to his death at the age of 27 in Notting Hill in 1970. This month marks the 43rd anniversary of his passing.
Both Hendrix paintings currently held at Guerilla Galleries’ Shoreditch space are available to own via its online catalogue. Appointments can be made to view the pieces individually and many more available works.