Jimi Hendrix Woodstock

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.  A fitting end to the world's best music festival.  Jimi insisted on closing the show, so it wasn't until Monday morning, August 18 at 9:00AM that he took the stage. It was his first gig after breaking up the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock himself corrected stage announcer John Morris' introduction, saying the name of the group of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock was Band of Gypsies.

On Sunday, as darkness fell, half a million were still covering the hillside.  But when the sun rose, all that remained was an intrepid group of perhaps 35,000.  But Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock came to play, and the relatively small audience didn't dampen his enthusiasm or creativity. Conga player Jerry Velez had been living with Jimi and practicing with him at his country home in West Shokan, a tiny community about 40 miles east of Bethel.  The week before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstck, Jerry heard him playing the Star Spangeled Banner.  "I don't think the audience is going to like hearing that.", Jerry remembered telling Jimi, but Jimi replied that he thought it would be a good tune to work into his set of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. 

After his fantastic set,  Jimi went into the trailer behind the stage that served as the recording studio for the Ampex eight track deck to listen to the playback.  I saw Billy Cox and Yuma Sultan waiting for Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock on the stage.  They were still wearing the outfits in which they had appeared, which included colorful shirts and fringed leather headbands that covered their eyes.  Although their outfits portrayed them as hippies, there was something about them that belied the effort.  "How do you guys know Jimi", I asked.  "We played with Jimi in Seattle in church. We knew Jimi  when he had patent leather shoes and patent leather hair", they told me.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock 1969 photo by Barry Z Levine
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Jimmy Hendrix at Woodstock performed on this stage.  Photo by Barry Z Levine from helicopter.

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You can own a full color autographed art print of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.   You can also purchase 3 x 5 full color post card sized art prints of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock color photos

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The iconic performance of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock is captured by Barry Z Levine in The Woodstock Story Book with more than 300 full color photos of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Barry Z Levine is an award winning photographer on the Academy Award documentary film WOODSTOCK

The Woodstock Story Book features nearly 300 color photos of Woodstock including iconic photos of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock




See Jimi perform the Star Spangled Banner at Woodatock 1969.   Barry Z Levine has captured these photis at www.woodstockwitness.com

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