Highly desirable ballpoint signatures of Jimi Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell on the reverse of a 4.25 x 2 ticket to the Jimi Hendrix Experience show in Germany on January 15, 1969. In very good condition, with an edge tear extending from the top edge to the center (passing through the right side of the “J” into a part of the “H”), scattered creases (a diagonal crease passing through Hendrix’s signature), and a paperclip impression to the top edge; however, these hardly affect the overall clean, attractive appearance of the piece. Accompanied by a modern photo of the concert poster. Hendrix concert tickets are themselves highly sought-after, with this one remarkably more so because of its signatures—the first signed Hendrix ticket we have offered. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL
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Incredibly rare Woodstock Music Festival program, 8.5 x 11, signed in black ballpoint on his full-page image, “Jimi Hendrix.” Some light wear, soiling, and creasing to covers, a few ripples and creases to some of the pages, and some wear to binding, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient of the signature, which reads, in part: “I attended the Woodstock ‘Aquarian Exposition’ with a number or friends from my hometown in New Jersey. Given the awful traffic we had experienced coming in, we decided that the smart move would be to wait until everybody else left …We mostly hung out on and around our van parked alongside the main egress from the area, in a prime spot to observe traffic…At one point when the traffic came to a halt, the car directly in front of us was a station wagon with Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox and Jimi Hendrix in the back seat. We crowded around the car and started schmoozing with them. I had my Woodstock Program in my hand and at some point Jimi took it from me. I recall him looking at his picture in it and handing it back to me…It was actually some time later that I realized that Jimi had signed my program. When he died a little more than a year later I felt a personal loss. In those twenty or so minutes he really connected in a real and personal way with us.” Scheduled to close the music festival on Sunday evening, several delays saw Hendrix and his band finally take the stage at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning, after much of the crowd had already left. Included in his 19-song set were such classics as ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Voodoo Child,’ and his iconic rendition of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ Even unsigned original Woodstock programs are quite scarce and highly sought-after; boasting a crisp, bold signature of the legendary guitarist, this is by far one of the most impressive Hendrix items ever to come to auction—the first we have ever seen, it is fit to be the cornerstone of a magnificent music collection.
Color vintage 16 x 11 two-page magazine photo spread from the German music magazine Bravo, signed in black felt tip, “Stay Groovy, Jimi Hendrix,” “Best wishes, Mitch,” and “Noel Redding.” In fine condition, with slight paper loss along central vertical fold from staples, and some scattered creasing and wrinkles. Signatures were obtained at the Ambassador Hotel in Hamburg, Germany, on January 12, 1969, one day after the band played a concert at the Musikhalle in Hamburg. Hendrix actually performed two shows that day at the German venue as part of his 1969 European tour, performing 16 songs in total, including ‘Purple Haze,’ ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return),’ and a cover of Cream’s ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’ Oversized portraits of this legendary power trio are seldom encountered. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Very rare handwritten working lyrics to the Hendrix song ‘Pass It On’ (the original name of the song that evolved into ‘Straight Ahead’), on two off-white 8.5 x 11 sheets of Londonderry Hotel stationery. In red felt tip, Hendrix has written 25 lines of lyrics adding the title of the song at the top of both pages. Lyrics read, in full: “I ain’t always done right / that don’t mean you can always / keep doing wrong pass it on— / pass it on— / I climbed mountains and / mountains fell on me / but that don’t mean I’m as / weak as I used to be / pass it on pass it on.
I blew dreams through a / pipe of steam—But that / don’t mean I’m always a drag machine P. I. O. ect…the world is trembling / is breaking, shaking heavy / love making…the stage is cleared for the stars…the / Gods…pass it on, pass it on / Angels come to come and came / and now they’re trying / to be gone…pass it on, pass it on.
God help the understanding / of love and sweat / Day and night / rejoice and regret…pass it on.”
In fine condition, with a paperclip impression to top of pages. This song was intended to be on Hendrix’s next album, a double album tentatively titled either ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun’ or Strate [sic] Ahead,’ based on notes found after his death in 1970. The song was recorded between late 1969 and the summer of 1970, eventually appearing on his posthumous fourth studio album titled The Cry of love. Hendrix lyrics appear for sale at auction very infrequently, particularly those which can be identified, and are highly sought after by music collectors. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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Vintage original program page, trimmed to a size of 8 x 8, advertising Hendrix’s first and very successful appearance in Berlin at the Neue Welt, with Hendrix’s name spelled “Jimmy,” on the advertisement, signed on the blank reverse of the page in blue ballpoint, “Jimi Hendrix,” “Mitch,” and “Noel Redding.” Page is also signed in blue ballpoint by one other, most likely one of the band’s two supporting roadies. In fine condition, with central horizontal fold and some show-through from the printing on the reverse.
Hendrix’s appearance at Berlin’s Neue Welt on May 15, 1967 was not his first appearance in front of a German audience, having played Munich’s Big Apple Club the previous November and Hamburg’s Star Club in March. In fact, Hendrix’s habit of smashing guitars began by accident during one of the gigs at the Big Apple. After playing one-nighters virtually non-stop throughout the U. K., The Experience kicked off their two-week excursion through Germany and Scandanavia with the Neue Welt date, headlining with support from four other groups. His three appearances in Germany were capped off by lackluster audience response during his German television debut on Beat Beat Beat. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Extremely rare Axis: Bold as Love album signed on the front cover in blue ballpoint, “Stay free, Stay groovy, Jimi Hendrix.” In very good condition, with scattered marks and dings to covers and separations to edges. The record is included. Highly sought after and scarce in any form, this is one of the best Hendrix examples we have seen—a classic album, uninscribed and signed on the front with an appropriate 1960s sentiment. An incredibly important album in the history of rock music, and nearly impossible to obtain in signed form. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Exceptionally rare original Polydor Records 45 rpm record sleeve for the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first single, ‘Hey Joe/Stone Free,’ 7.25 x 7, signed across Hendrix’s white printed name in green felt tip, “Jimi Hendrix.” Sleeve was signed in-person in Hamburg, Germany, on March 17, 1967, in front of his hotel, while Hendrix was performing for three days at the famous Star Club. Accompanied by a typed letter of provenance from the original recipient, stating, “This autograph…was signed by Jimi Hendrix on March 17, 1967, in front of Park hotel, Hamburg, Lincoln street. We were a group of autograph hunters that had direct contact with almost all stars appearing in the Star Club…The musicians frequently made use of our knowledge of Hamburg and thus we also were on the road for three days with Jimi Hendrix and Chas Chandler. As a return favor, they signed autographs for us…I saw him perform 7 times during his stay.” The record is not included. In very good condition, with light ‘ring of wear’ to sleeve, light surface and corner creases, none affecting signature, and a few surface impressions to lower portion of sleeve. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.