The thing about collections is they are filled with history. Ours is no exception, whether it be records we have from John Lennon’s personal collection or small postcards featuring artwork from Bill Graham’s productions in the 1960s… even the smallest item tells a story. Today we thought we’d share 3 pieces of our concert program ephemera and the significance of each one.
Having staged Dylan’s live comeback the previous year, the Isle of Wight (IOW) festival organizers booked an all-star lineup in 1970: Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who and many others. The festival, however, became known for more than the antics of festival goers. Sadly, it would prove to be the last performance in the United Kingdom for both Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison (The Doors), both of whom tragically passed away shortly afterwards. Still, their performances are etched in history.
This signed copy is a beautiful piece of program ephemera and music history. It’s signed by John Sebastian, Ritchie Havens, and others.
In 1965, Brian Epstein – manager of the Beatles – leased the Saville Theatre in London’s West End, where he would present both plays and musical shows. Among others, Jimi Hendrix played there, including two shows in May 1967. The next month he performed the Saville again – this time playing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band for the Beatles, which would become one of the most legendary moments in rock and roll history.
This wonderful piece of program ephemera is from Hendrix’s show in May 1967 with Denny Laine.
In August 1966, the Beatles embarked on what would be their third and final tour of North America, performing 17 shows in the US and 2 in Canada. It was a tour plagued by controversy (due to Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” comments), high crowd noise that diminished their ability to perform, and general malcontent in the touring lifestyle. After this tour, the Beatles would become a studio-only band.
This item is in great condition and remains a coveted piece of Beatles’ program ephemera.