Saturday, August 11, 2018
Burning Desire: The Jimi Hendrix Experience through the Lens of Ed Caraeff Hardcover – June 1, 2017 by Ed Caraeff . (ACC Art Books / Antique Collectors Club)
The book ends with some incredible on stage photos of Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Eric Burdon, and others at the Newport Pop Festival of 1969. I was there that sunny Sunday afternoon when Hendrix came back to the festival to atone for a dismal performance by the Experience Friday night, during which Hendrix continually berated the crowd. The jam session was undoubtedly the highlight of the whole three days, which included outstanding sets by Spirit, Creedence, Ike & Tina Turner, and Three Dog Night. The photos and text finally provide proof that Janis Joplin was NOT part of the jam, as many, including two of the people I was with that day, have claimed. I always said it was Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth. I'm sure certain herbs and the passing of time have contributed to this case of mistaken identity. Janis was there, but it was a brief walk on to say hello on Friday's opening night. Caraeff captured some seminal moments in the brief time he followed Hendrix and there are some outstanding performance shots in this photo-heavy coffee table book. Highly recommended for Hendrix fans. One last thing for those of you who know the song "We've Got To Live Together" from the Band of Gypsy's album: The genesis of it was created that day on stage at Devonshire Downs as Buddy Miles led the crowd in singing the line over and over. It was quite an afternoon.
Rare and unseen photos of Jimi Hendrix including 100 black-and-white and color images including the greatest rock-and-roll image of all time: Hendrix burning his guitar on-stage at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival
Exclusive backstage shots
Immortalizes Hendrix's most iconic onstage performances, including Monterey, Whisky A-Go-Go and Newport where fans "may have seen the best performance of their lives"
Contains many reprint articles from 1960s music magazines, covering the rise of one of the greatest rockers the world has ever known
In 1967, a 17-year-old aspiring photographer named Ed Caraeff found himself front row at the Monterey Pop Festival, California. Caraeff had never seen Hendrix before, nor was he familiar with his music. But Caraeff had his ever-present camera and as Hendrix lit his guitar, he snapped a photo. That picture - Hendrix burning his guitar at Monterey - has become one of the most iconic images of rock and roll. A photo that defined Hendrix as an artist, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine not once, but twice, and launched Caraeff's photographic career. Timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, Capturing Jimi reveals never-before published images from the magnificent, Hendrix-dedicated archive that Caraeff has compiled. From onstage to backstage, Jimi Hendrix was as electric in front of the camera as he was when he strummed his guitar. In Burning Desire, Caraeff showcases more than 100 images,including rare shots and contract sheets, and discusses his experiences with this incredible musician.