“Stay free, Jimi Hendrix" — rare 1970 concert poster from The Cry of Love Tour
Scarce original 16.75 x 22.75 concert poster from the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘The Cry of Love Tour,’ which depicts a stylized front-facing portrait of Hendrix by artist Brad Cantwell, with the band name running vertically to either side of the image and the ascot bearing the name of the support act, Oz, signed below in black ballpoint, “Stay free, Jimi Hendrix.” This style of Cantwell’s poster was used for at least two dates on the band’s Cry of Love Tour, however, unlike other examples found online, this version does contain concert information to the large lower field. Stapled to a slightly larger mounting sheet and in very good to fine condition, with some light staining in the lower blank area, and the signature a couple of shades light but completely legible. A rare and visually impressive display piece signed by the great Jimi Hendrix, whose death rocked the worldwide music scene roughly four months after signing this poster.
According to the consignor: ‘My aunt’s late husband went to a Jimi Hendrix concert at the Milwaukee Auditorium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 1, 1970. After the concert, he was getting something to eat at a vendor outside when Hendrix walked up to get something. He asked Hendrix for an autograph who responded, ‘Do you have anything other than the poster?’ The rock star said he didn't like that particular poster of him. But after explaining to Hendrix that that was all he had and could afford, Jimi said okay and signed the poster.’
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