I am a huge fan of the photography of the late great Jimi Hendrix. In fact, I had my old camera stolen from me before he passed away. I did manage to capture a few shots of Jimi on his last tour, but the best I’ve captured is a couple of shots from the ’74 tour. If you were ever there with me, you know that it was an experience that will live on in my heart forever.
The best Jimi Hendrix photographic session Ive ever been a part of occurred in December 1994 (that’s just five months before his passing) when I was in Australia for a concert. I was sitting in a back room at the Royal Albert Hall, talking with some of my old band mates about the upcoming tour we were doing, when an old friend came in. He was one of Hendrix’s guitarists, and he just happened to be there when Jimi returned from an acid trip.
The rest of my band mates were having a private show, and they were all in pretty good shape, so I was able to have a good view of Jim’s beautiful, yet very nervous face. I was like, “That’s the guy. I’m going to be a rock star.” and I gave him a thumbs up. Later that night I was in my hotel room, and the next day I got a call from the record company.
Jimi was a huge influence on the music of the late 1960’s, and his influence was felt on countless blues rock bands through the 1970’s. His influence is everywhere and he was definitely an influence on Jimi Hendrix. But, of course, there are some of his guitar parts that are so bad that it’s hard to believe it actually happened.
The Jimi Hendrix Band was named after one of his guitar parts that is so bad that it is hard to believe it actually happened. But, there is a very good reason why Jimi Hendrix plays a guitar part so bad. Jimi Hendrix is one of the most talented guitarists of all time, but he is also one of the most frustrating guitarists.
Jimi Hendrix had very short attention spans. He played the guitar for about 20 years before he started to get into trouble. After that, he had all sorts of weird and unfortunate experiences, and most of those were due to his guitar playing.
Like Jimi Hendrix, I have a lot of photos from Jimi Hendrix concerts that I do not like. The first time I saw Jimi Hendrix play guitar was probably when he was about 20 years old. The next time I saw him was when he was 45. I find that it is a lot easier to look at pictures of him when he is not performing. But, the man is an incredible talent and I am glad he is still playing guitar at over 100 years old.
Jimi Hendrix was the greatest guitarist of all time, and I am very happy to see him still very active, still going strong, and still playing his music. It’s not like the concert photos that I look at are not his best work, because they are. But Jimi’s playing on stage, even just in the background, is a beautiful thing, and I hope and pray that his fans continue to appreciate it as much as he does.
I’m hoping to get a few more shots of him at the gym soon. I know he has a studio apartment in LA, but I am sooo tempted to get the chance to photograph him in a studio apartment in San Francisco.
Jimi recently took a trip to the UK and was impressed by the city. The City of London is a beautiful city with many great things to do. I really hope Jimi continues to explore that world and the many cities he visits.