Jimi Hendrix Upstages Eric Clapton

Watch a short clip from the first episode "Birth of Rock" from the BBC documentary Seven Ages of Rock. It features Jimi Hendrix upstaging Eric Clapton. Jimi comes on stage to jam with Eric Clapton's wildly popular band Cream and performs a mind-blowing version of "Killing Floor". Clapton doesn't even attempt to join in and instead leaves the stage.

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