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Mastering Jimi Hendrix A Group Effort

Bernie Grundman mastered the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival, newly available on Sony/Legacy Recordings.
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(l-r) Janie Hendrix, John McDermott and Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin
Hollywood, CA (September 15, 2015)—Bernie Grundman mastered the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival, newly available on Sony/Legacy Recordings.

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Janie Hendrix and John McDermott, "Keeper of the Vault," attended the mastering of Jimi Hendrix's live historic performance during the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Hendrix performed at the festival on the Fourth of July to the largest American audience of his career, according to some crowd estimates, presenting his signature rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" to accompany the celebratory fireworks display.

"Janie is CEO of Experience Hendrix and she is always on hand," explained McDermott. "We've done a number of projects here with Bernie, ranging from reissues of classic studio albums to new releases like Jimi's performance at the Miami Pop Festival. He's without a doubt a brilliant mastering engineer."

John McDermott is catalog manager for Hendrix's vast body of work. It's a role he's played since joining Experience Hendrix in 1995, when the legal rights to Hendrix's music and unreleased tape archive were returned to his family. He has co-produced every archival Jimi Hendrix since that time.

"I'm a co-producer of this project and I've been involved with the Jimi Hendrix releases now for 20 years," said McDermott. "It's my passion. I've written about it, produced films about it, and done all kinds of work with the archives. Jimi is really such an extraordinary talent."

In addition to the contemporary Hendrix work, Grundman has mastered vinyl releases in the studio's analog mastering studio. According to McDermott, "The fans have really responded to Bernie's care and attention to detail. Jimi took a lot of pride in his work, and we're honoring that by working with people like Bernie Grundman, Eddie Kramer and other creative professionals."

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