July 23, 2024

The full-length documentary “Electric Lady Studios: A Jimi Hendrix Vision will debut in New York City on August 9t.h, followed by a global roll out.

The film chronicles the creation of the studio, from a bankrupt Manhattan nightclub to a state-of-the-art recording facility.

But the original concept was to turn the building into Hendrix’s personal club so he could hang with friends and record jam sessions.

Hendrix’s long-time collaborator/engineer, Eddie Kramer, didn’t think much of that idea.

‘You guys must be out your f-ing minds,” Kramer told Hendrix’s management team. “Do you have any idea of what Jimi spends in studio time in a year? Let’s build the best studio in the world for him so when he walks in, he can relax and record whenever he wants.” 

Hendrix was steered from building a nightclub to creating a commercial recording studio. When Hendrix recorded in the new studio Kramer said, “he loved the way it sounded and its vibe.” 

Though Hendrix died before he had a chance to fully utilize the facility many other performers did. The list includes John Lennon, The Clash, AC/DC, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Beyonce, among countless others.


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