Jimi Hendrix – Ann Arbor 1967
Ken Settle has been a Detroit concert photographer for decades. He’s my favorite curator of Detroit rock history. The following is a Facebook post from Ken Settle honoring Jimi Hendrix’s birthday (November 27th, 1942) and showcasing a photo: Jimi Hendrix – Ann Arbor 1967. Many thanks to Ken for sharing his knowledge. Thanks to Wilson Lindsey for allowing us to share his photos.
Jimi Hendrix – Ann Arbor 1967: The Ken Settle Post
Hendrix was one of only a handful of guitarists to actually change the way the instrument is played and how creative musicians approached the instrument and how they use it. He pushed the limits of recording technology in the mid to late ’60s to achieve his creative vision, and he pushed his Stratocaster guitar and Marshall amps to, and sometimes past, the breaking point, to achieve this vision onstage. To this day, there are sounds and emotions that Hendrix achieved with his guitar that no one has been able to approach.
I am posting a rare photo of Hendrix by my friend, trailblazing music photographer Wilson Lindsey. Wilson took this shot of Jimi on August 15, 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a teen club called The Fifth Dimension. This photo is a mighty historical image. It was taken about two months after Hendrix’s career-defining performance at The Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix was essentially an unknown at this point in time and his performance at Monterey helped to set the stage for what was to come.
Hendrix wasn’t even on a proper U.S. tour when Wilson Lindsey photographed him in Ann Arbor. Aside from the show at Monterey, Hendrix only played a smattering of scattered dates in the U.S. by the time he played The Fifth Dimension teen club. A tribute to both Jimi Hendrix and my friend, Wilson Lindsey!
Here are more of Wilson Lindsey’s photos from that night:
Many thanks to Wilson Lindsey and Ken Settle for being such wonderfully generous contributors in honoring Michigan’s rock history.
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Donielle Fynn is a Michigan native with two kids, two dogs, two cats, a love of yoga, and all things classic rock.
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