Lot #2101
Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Monkees 1967 Forest Hills Matchbook

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Estimate: $200+


Unfolded matchbook promoting the "First and Only N.Y. Appearance" by the Monkees, a concert series held at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York, on July 14-16, 1967, a showcase that also featured the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act. The matchless yellow matchbook measures 1.5 x 4.25 open, with interior featuring venue concert dates between June 24 and August 26, listing acts like Lovin' Spoonful, Joan Baez, and Simon and Garfunkel. In very fine condition.

In one of the most unusual pairings in rock music history, the Monkees asked Jimi Hendrix to be the opening act for their tour of the US during the summer of 1967, as they hoped to appeal to a more sophisticated musical palette. The audience they drew, however, understandably failed to appreciate Hendrix's music. After joining the Monkees in Florida on July 8, Hendrix lasted only seven shows before abandoning the tour. It's said that Hendrix grew tired of the 'We want the Monkees' chant that greeted him every time he took the stage, and at the Forest Hills show on the 16th he flipped the bird at the less-than-enthusiastic crowd and stormed offstage, never to return. A story was concocted around that time, saying the Daughters of the American Revolution had complained that Hendrix's act was 'too erotic' for their children to see-a legend now firmly planted in Hendrix lore.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #636 - Ended May 19, 2022