Jimie Hendrix Experience at the Hollywood Bowl September 14, 1968

Jimi Hendrix returned to the Hollywood Bowl as the headliner in September of 1968, one year after being the opening act for The Mamas and the Papas.

The crowd for that concert wasn’t ready for “several hundred watts of feedback guitar,” said the LA Times and he left the stage frustrated because of the response.

But one year later, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a trio fronted by the African American Hendrix and backed up by “two British blokes” Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass had two best selling albums under their belts and a legion of young people who worshiped Hendrix.

He didn’t disappoint and he was now being hailed as the “undisputable virtuoso . . . of the acid generation,” by underground newspaper, the LA Free Press.

The crowd couldn’t control themselves and the rent-a-cops were overwhelmed as over 50 kids dived in the pool and then climbed on to the stage. They wanted to get close to their guitar god. Hendrix kept playing but worried the soaking wet fans would electrocute him.

They blow out two speakers after a guy sticks his head into an amp but the hysteria was good natured and they settled down as Hendrix launched into his rendition of the National Anthem.

Look magazine sent photographer Cal Bernstein to spend some time with the band and capture the concert.

These are just a few of the moments Bernstein captured of the rising star who’d left the US making $30 a week and was now commanding $30,000 for his appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.

As his manager, Tom Wilson, said, “The cat is out of sight.”

The music on our this slideshow is a cut called Red Houses from Will Tang, a noted blues player that’s in keeping Hendrix who was one of the great blues musicians.

Stock media provided by Will Tang Pond5"

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