Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Woodstock 1969

Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)
11 x 14, graphite on Canson
copyright Jeanette Jobson

In 1969, I was fifteen and a huge Jimi Hendrix fan, much to my parents dismay. I had my bedroom walls covered in Hendrix posters and listened, enraptured to songs like All Along the Watchtower and one of my favourites, Fire. 1969 was also the year of Woodstock - "bunch of hippies..." my father would mutter, as scenes of it filtered through to the news.

I still like Jimi Hendrix music and this morning when the geese decided to do the dawn chorus at 5am, I started a portrait of him.

Here's a little trip back in time to Woodstock and one of the world's greatest guitarists. Enjoy!


Katherine Tyrrell said...

Amazing video!

Do you remember what you were doing the day that Jimi Hendrix died?

I have a recollection of being in my art class at school with some other classmates who were as shocked as I was. I seem to remember quite a lot of drawings being produced afterwards as a result - he had such an interesting head. He was one of those people that you always wanted to look at as well as listen to.

I'll be fascinated to see how this drawing develops :)

Jeanette said...

Of course you probably had more media coverage in some ways when JH died, as it happened in London.

I recall hearing about it in the corridors in school between classes and being quite shocked at the news. Then going to the next class and the teacher not understanding why people weren't paying attention.

Isn't that piece amazing? It was always one of my favourite songs of his. That loss of life, talent and music... He was very unique indeed.