Jimi Hendrix, Tripping on his 25th birthday, November 28, 1968
artist's proof, giclee from colorized polorids
26 1/2" tall x 19" wide
Photographer: Roberto Rabanne
This extremely cool giclee piece consists of multiple Jimi Hendrix polaroids from 1968 set against a psychedelic background. The images of photographer Roberto Rabanne have captured the energy, complexity and beauty in music, fashion and art for more than five decades. Rabanne’s photos were first published in magazines like Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Cream and the East Village Other. They ran the gamut of the great bands – from the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver to Big Brother and the Holding Company, Cream, Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and more.
When the Vietnam War was still raging, so was Bill Graham’s Fillmore East in New York. Rabanne became a student activist and got a job as an usher at the newly opened Fillmore East. One day at a soundcheck he decided he had nothing to lose and asked Jimi Hendrix if he could take his picture with his Yashica twin lens reflex. “Sure, man,” the flamboyant guitarist said, and Rabanne began snapping away. Afterwards, Hendrix said, “Wow, man, I like these” and stuck a $100 bill in Rabanne’s hand. Hendrix was his first “client” and that was the beginning of his career as a professional photographer.
This piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Roberto Rabanne, along with research by the Bahr Gallery correcting it. The COA reads: “Jimi Hendrix Tripping, East 4th St., East Village NYC. November 27, 1967: Birthday.” Bahr Gallery research revealed that Hendrix was in the UK on that date but that he did play at Lincoln Center, NY on Thanksgiving in 1968, November 28, the day after his 26th birthday. Rabanne replied honestly in September 2018, showing the lengths photographers of the period had to go for their craft!
“It’s hard for me to remember and be exact of the place and time. We were all tripping a lot during that period in the 60’s, so it’s possible that the polaroid was taken the night we went to an after-hours club that was called the Scene at Sheridan Square and he jammed with some other guys. Sorry but a lot of that time is a blur.”