Sound Check, no. 1

John Byrne Cooke


Image No. 67-5-39: Sound Check, no. 1

Monterey Pop Festival,
Monterey, California, June 1967

Like the folk troubadour Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Jimi Hendrix first found fame in England. The Monterey Pop Festival was his first American performance since he had gigged as an
R&B sideman with the Isley Brothers years earlier. At his daytime sound check, he was virtually unknown in the America. His Sunday evening performance, fueled by equal measures of guitar virtuosity, showmanship, and LSD, made him a superstar overnight.

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