Is that you think of your onstage persona? The black witch?
“ Oh yes, I’m very witchy onstage, that’s how everyone thinks of me. I have sparkles round my eyes that look like tears… it’s really fun. I’ve got my top hat, I do tap, I love performing. If I’d have been born 50 years ago, I’d have definitely been in Vaudeville.”
Berkeley Community Theater, 1977.
Photo by Ed Perlstein, February 28. Some of my all-time favorites of Stevie (including this one!) were taken by Ed at this show. A couple more:
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Belfast, 1971.
This March 5 show debuted 4 songs that would appear on
Led Zeppelin IV later that year: “Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, and “Going to California”.
And maybe it’s me having grown up in a Yiddish neighborhood in Brooklyn, but Jimmy’s hat, beard, and curled forelock looking very Orthodox to me, in a good way.
The Rolling Stones, fashion icons
David Bowie by Andy Warhol, September 1971
John & Yoko 1971, by Iain McMillan, via
Ringo Starr, by Douglas Kirkland. Nice pants, man.
Jimi Hendrix in feather boa and velvet pants, to say the least, Fillmore East 1968, by Don Aters, via
Janis Joplin signing her Columbia Records contract with Big Brother and The Holding Company in Columbia’s New York office, February 1968, by John Byrne Cooke