One Last Experience

There’s more to this than meets the eye. This certainly applies to the concert The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 24 February 1969. To us spectators it was a special night nonetheless, a memorable one. Anyone watching the group that night, the 17-year old author included, had no idea what forces were alive behind the scenes. This book tells the story of that legendary concert. It also tells the story leading up to it, and the aftermath. Continued here.

Celebrating 75 years

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Happy Birthday

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Jimi goes clubbing

Photo expo to commemorate the Rotterdam gig the Experience did in 1967, as well as Jimi's 75th birthday. The Rotterdam Museum had big plans for an exposition (I was asked to participate) but since they started planning in July it was too late and it never materialized. That's a shame, because we had great plans for a nice mulit-media event at the museum. Anyway, it now comes down to a small photo exposition which should be nice too, although the cafe is very small, so leave your backpacks and motorcycle helmets at home.

Look over yonder... it’s me.

Or: Mr. Valkhoff goes to Hollywood.

Do you know the thing when something is staring you in the face for decades, but you don’t see it? Last week I was bored and was watching the video of the 1969 Royal Albert Hall concert I went to. I suddenly realized that if I could figure out where my seat was in the hall, maybe I could spot myself in the audience. As it turns out, Jimi is in the middle of a direct line between me and the stage left camera. This I figured out by looking at the photos I took. I also noticed I was not that far away from the stage at all. While watching the video (with my bored head), I suddenly saw myself sitting the audience! Not only that, but I can be seen trougout the movie many times, watching the show, checking my surroundings, resting my tired head on my hand, holding my photo camera for a long time trying to catch that extra special moment, and even smoking a cigarette! (Not sure if that was allowed, but I suppose many others were doing the same?). It’s really strange to see myself sitting there after almost 50 years. And to think I’ve had that video for decades, but never realized I’m included in the footage. Can’t wait to see the movie being released soon!

Me holding my photo camera for minutes to get that 'one' special snapshot.

Me blowing out smoke.

Noel hates the Bahamas

Mitch Mitchell: We actually managed three days off, so I flew to the Bahamas with a girlfriend. Noel joined us, which was odd, because he really doesn’t like sunshine, beyond the odd hour lying by the pool. He gave it all of three hours, whereupon he decided he hated the Bahamas and flew straight back again. More here.

Opening party

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May this be Brad

Serenity, balance, order: That's the vibe, at least. That's what you think you're feeling in the kitchen of Brad Pitt's perfectly constructed, awesomely decorated abode. Outside, children's bikes are lined up in the rack; a blown-up dragon floatie bobs on the pool through the window. From the sideboard, with its exquisite inlay, to the vase on the mantel, the house exudes care and intention. And it carries its own stories, not just about when the Jolie-Pitts were a happy family, but also from back in the day, when Jimi Hendrix crashed here. It's said he wrote “May This Be Love” out in the grotto, with its waterfall (Waterfall / Nothing can harm me at all…). “I don't know if it's true,” says Pitt, “but a hippie came by and said he used to drop acid with Jim back there, so I run with the story.” SOURCE

Blow job

Jimi's recorder. It was used on "If 6 Was 9" on the Axis: Bold as Love album and which was used in the counterculture hit Easy Rider (1969). After Hendrix's death, the recorder was given by Hendrix's manager, Michael Jeffery, to Hendrix's friend and collaborator, Melinda Merryweather. – (With thanks to Luigi Garuti)

Hairy Hendrix