Rainbow Bridge (film)

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Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge 1972 poster.jpg
Directed by Chuck Wein
Produced by Barry De Prendergast
Michael Jeffery
Written by Charlie Bacis
Starring Pat Hartley
Music by Jimi Hendrix
Cinematography Vilis Lapenieks
Release date(s) March 1972
San Francisco
Running time 74 min. (original)
125 min. (director's cut)
Language English

Rainbow Bridge is a 1971 concert film directed by Chuck Wein. The Rainbow Bridge concert was a free concert by Jimi Hendrix that was held on July 30, 1970, in a horse pasture on the upcountry slope of Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the island of Maui, Hawaii.

A modest audience of a few hundred island hippies, surfers, and students showed up due to rumors that Hendrix would play a free concert for the film. Hendrix enlisted former Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox from Gypsy Sun and Rainbows for the concert and had the director Chuck Wein make an introduction. In reality, very little of the footage was used, and no live music was released on the initial soundtrack. However, the music was distributed as a bootleg recording for three decades before the Hendrix estate officially released it on the 2003 album, The Rainbow Bridge Concert: The Early Show.

The Rainbow Bridge concert was the second to last performance by Hendrix in the United States, the last occurring in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 1, 1970, due to Hendrix's death less than two months later on September 18, 1970, in London, England.

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