Category: jimi’s smile

Jimi at the Isle of Wight, September 1970 #adorkable

Candidly Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, not yet very experienced

The most colorful thing in this picture is Jimi’s smile

24 year old Jimi Hendrix, 1967, by 22 year old Mike Berkofsky on his second assignment. Amazing story of this long-lost photo here.

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.

Purple Pants, all around. Don’t know if I’m up or down.

Jimi Hendrix crate-digging, 1967, before the release of his first album. The official poster for Record Store Day 2013.

Jimi Hendrix, 1968, via crosstowntorrents

Jimi Hendrix, by Ron Bosboom