Category: 60s fashion

The Who at Monterey Pop, by Paul Ryan

The Who at Monterey Pop, by Paul Ryan

Stay Groovy. Stay You. ~Jimi Hendrix (Music Li…

Stay Groovy. Stay You. ~Jimi Hendrix (Music Life Magazine, Japan)

Jimi Hendrix – an amazing outfit even by Jimi’…

Jimi Hendrix – an amazing outfit even by Jimi’s standards. Love the purple guitar!

You really need to see this: Jimi Hendrix, Dec…

Jimi Hendrix, “Hear My Train A Comin’” 

You really need to see this: Jimi Hendrix, December 1967, just turned 25 – and ever-so-slightly intimidated by a 12-string acoustic guitar! A delicate magic ensues.

Informed that they were almost out of film and needed to get this in one take, Jimi is unsure where to begin: the guitar belonged to director Peter Neal, and Jimi had never played one like it before. 

He looks up after picking around for a few bars and is startled to see the camera rolling. Clearly flustered, he stops. “Don’t waste all that film there! Stop it for a second! ‘Cause I was scared to death. Can I do it just one more time though? Can I do it just one more time?”

This time, his exploration starts on a little firmer footing as he eases into his never-quite-finished original composition, “Hear My Train A Comin’”. 

(For that matter, he never quite settled on a title. In virtually every live performance, Jimi introduced it as some variation of “Getting My Heart Back Together Again”.) 

Finding his way along as he bends the strings to follow his voice, and vice versa, he ends three minutes later with a laugh. “Did you think I could do that?” 

The answer seems obvious in retrospect, but Peter was honest later that he had no idea what to expect. “It was just one of those magic moments that happen sometimes.” More of Peter’s story behind the shoot here.

Got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Jimi Hendrix, Paris, by Dominique Tarlé

Jimi Hendrix, Paris, by Dominique Tarlé

Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield, 1967, by He…

Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield, 1967, by Henry Diltz

Adorkable McLennon: backstage at the Scala The…

Adorkable McLennon: backstage at the Scala Theatre filming A Hard Day’s Night

Jimi Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall, Februar…

Jimi Hendrix at the Royal Albert Hall, February 24, 1969, by David Redfern 

Pink Floyd, 1967, by Andrew Whittuck

Pink Floyd, 1967, by Andrew Whittuck