Outstanding circa 1967 autograph book, 4.75 x 4.25, signed inside in blue ballpoint, “ Love always, Jimi Hendrix,” who adds a heart below, and in red ballpoint, “ Noel Redding, XX,” each signing on the same page; and “ Keith Moon” and “ John Entwistle,” each signing on separate, adjacent pages in blue ballpoint. These Saville shows on January 29th were the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first major concerts. Other notable signatures in the book include The Artwoods (featuring Ronnie Wood’s brother Art, Keef Hartley, and Jon Lord of Deep Purple), The Alan Bown Set, The Quotations, Distortion, The Trend, and The MooDoos amongst others. Edge of spine peeled from front cover (covers remain firmly attached), otherwise in fine condition; the signed pages remain crisp and clean. Accompanied by a photo of Hendrix posing with The Who backstage that night at the Saville theatre and a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
Produced by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, this historic show featured two future legendary rock and roll bands, with two members of each group signing this autograph book on that late January night, an evening that marked the first and last time Jimi Hendrix and his newly formed Experience would open for The Who. In attendance that night were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Spencer Davis, Lulu, Eric Clapton, and Jack Bruce (who later that night would go home and come up with the riff for ‘Sunshine of Your Love,’ which Bruce described as a dedication to Jimi from that night).
Months later at the Monterey Pop Festival, the two groups would share the stage for the second and final time, with Hendrix losing a coin toss to perform as the follow-up act. Unfortunately for The Who, Hendrix purportedly warned Pete Townshend that he was going pull out all the stops if he played second. Hendrix went on to play one of the most, if not the most, memorable performances of his short career, stabbing his guitar into his amps and playing it behind his back and with his teeth. In a fiery finale, he then sacrificed it by dousing his guitar with lighter fluid and setting it aflame before smashing it to bits onstage and then hurling its remnants into the audience. An uncommon union of members from two of the most influential groups in rock music history.
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