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Christmas with Jimi

Features | January 2018


Hendrix was all alone in London when his friend and photographer Bruce Fleming asked him for a festive lunch that rocked on... and on

Fifty years ago, I had the most extraordinary Christmas imaginable – when Jimi Hendrix came to my London flat for a lunch that went right on into the early hours of Boxing Day. As a photographer in my twenties in the 1960s, I was lucky enough to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. I first met Jimi in September 1966, when Chas Chandler, the bass player with the Animals, called me up. He said he had an amazing black guitarist from America staying with him. Chas needed some photographs taken, as he was considering producing and managing him in the UK.  I arrived at his Soho office and met this rather quiet, hilariously dressed, young guy with an Afro, by the name of Jimi Hendrix. We chatted for a while and found that we had a great deal in common. He was buzzing with music and I...

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