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This year, 2007, has already had a number of major anniversaries. The most obvious to come to mind being the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band just earlier this month, but there was more than just a classic Beatles album debuting in the summer of 1967.
In early June of 1967 Jimi Hendrix played a now infamous set at the Monterey Pops festival creating the stir that really helped him break through in the United States, (it was only a few days after the Sgt. Pepper release actually, he opened with the song of the same name and only had a few days to learn it... if memory serves). There were numerous other great artists who really came into there own at this show as well, but I think the performance that will be most remembered, will always be that of Jimi Hendrix... whether we want it to be or not.
After 40 years I think this concert definitely speaks for itself and through the luck of DVD releases and the magic of the Internet, I can show you a bit of this concert. I searched but I couldn't find a complete version online that hadn't been cut into chunks, so I decided to only include the part where Hendrix sets the guitar alight and then smashes it to bits, as a small tribute to this moment in rock and roll history.
Here's the clip, thanks to delmano and YouTube for it:
Jimi Hendrix will surely live forever as a, if not the, rock guitar god and with good reason. Watching any clip of Jimi play is almost like watching pure psychedelic expression whether it be through straight forward blues, free form jams or flaming guitars.
Lets all blast Are You Experienced and take a look back a this legendary moment in rock and roll history that forever changed music, society, guitar playing, performance and the world. Oh.. and lets not forget all the other great performances from this show either and the impact that this event, as a whole, had on society.
You can watch the entire Jimi Hendrix set from the Monterey Pops of '67 online on YouTube in chunks, but if you're really interested, make sure to pick up a copy of the whole concert on DVD. You can buy it through Amazon directly here: The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection