A Bit of Jimi Hendrix’s Rock & Roll History Comes to Proctors

 the mixing console used by Jimi Hendrix at NYC’s Sound Center Studios in March, 1968.

Proctors in Schenectady is screening the feature-length documentary Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock at 7:30pm tonight in the GE Theatre. And in conjunction with the film, Proctors is also exhibiting a historic bit of Hendrix memorabilia – the mixing console used by Jimi Hendrix at NYC’s Sound Center Studios in March, 1968.

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On loan from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame through the end of the month, the console was used by Hendrix as both an artist and producer during recording sessions that yielded the songs “My Friend” (initially appearing on 1971’s Cry Of Love and more recently on First Rays of the New Rising Sun) and “Somewhere” (featured on The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set).

“We are honored to have such a rich piece of rock & roll history on display in the Capital Region,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “Jimi Hendrix is widely recognized as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, and this piece of equipment symbolized a pivotal moment in his career as he began to assume a dual creative role in the studio.”

In addition to Hendrix, other artists who used the console include Aretha Franklin, the Four Seasons, the Tokens, the Manhattans, Dion & the Belmonts and Jeff Beck.

“Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock” will have a one-time-only screening at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, March 20). Tickets are $10; students $8.

 the mixing console used by Jimi Hendrix at NYC’s Sound Center Studios in March, 1968.

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