Jimi Hendrix at The Isle of Wight, August 1970, by Chris Walter.
btw, you need to be more familiar with this amazing festival than you probably are. Here’s how just the second half of Sunday went: Donovan (who did both acoustic and electric sets), Pentangle, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, and Richie Havens.
If you don’t know Mother’s Finest, you’re in for a treat! Founded by lead vocalists Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy and Glenn “Doc” Murdoc in 1970, they’d wanted to call themselves “The Motherf***ers”, and knowing they couldn’t get away with it, settled on “Mother’s Finest” as a way to work with a logo with the letters MF front and center.
The Atlanta-based hard rock band opened for giants including Black Sabbath, The Who, Aerosmith, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more – and regularly wiped up the stage with them.
The problem was, they were mostly black folks playing rock and roll, HEAVY rock and roll – not funk, not r&b, ROCK AND ROLL – and neither white radio nor black radio wanted anything to do with such an abomination.
Running out of options in the 80s, they went on hiatus until bands like Living Color and Red Hot Chili Peppers revived the kind of music that Mother’s Finest had been laying down since 1970.
Which is to say, it’s not that Mother’s Finest don’t have some funk to ‘em. They did back in the 70s, and still do today, putting out new music and touring as much today as ever. This 1976 performance of their 1972 single “Fire” tells you everything you need to know about why you should check ‘em out if you get a chance – in concert if you can swing it (dates at MothersFinest.com), but also on YouTube (check out part 1 of this 1978 concert on Germany’s Rockpalast!) and Spotify, where you can find their whole catalog.