Thursday, September 24, 2009

1968/04/07 - "Wake at Generation" - Jimi Hendrix and Friends

Generation Club, New York City, NY
April 7, 1968

From In From The Storm:

Unreleased D.A.Pennenbaker film featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplins Big Brother & The Holding Company, Buddy Guy, B.B.King, Joni Mitchell and Richie Havens plus various guests including Paul Butterfield and Elvin Bishop.

From youtube user jamminjimi about the videos posted above:

Generation Club, 52 West 8th Street, New York, NY, 1968-04-07. Jimi Hendrix - guitar Dave Woods or Roy Buchanan - guitar Ed "Bugs" Gregory - bass Glenway McTeer? - drums

Generation Club, 52 West 8th Street, New York, NY, 1968-04-07. Jimi watches Buddy Guy perform Stormy Monday

Video of "Wake at Generation" can be downloaded here:

MCP-VA16 Wake At Generation & Live at the Fillmore East

Flight into 1968 - DVD

Please take a moment to read about the crisis that sparked this monumental pairing of artists at the Generation Club in New York in commemoration of the life, spirit and work that Martin Luther King, jr. brought to this world:

King was booked in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, owned by black businessman Walter Bailey (and named after his wife). King's close friend and colleague, Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, who was present at the assassination, told the House Select Committee on Assassinations that King and his entourage stayed in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel so often that it was known as the "King-Abernathy Suite."

According to biographer Taylor Branch, King's last words were to musician Ben Branch, who was scheduled to perform that night at an event King was going to attend: "Ben, make sure you play 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord' in the meeting tonight. Play it real pretty."

At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, while he was standing on the motel's second floor balcony, King was struck by a single bullet fired from a rifle. The bullet travelled through the right side of his neck, smashing his throat and then going down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder.

King was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where doctors opened his chest and performed manual heart massage. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. According to Taylor Branch, King's autopsy revealed that though he was only 39 years old, he had the heart of a 60 year old man

Source: Wikipedia

The following are all clips taken from this inspired night of performances for Martin Luther King, jr.:

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