Jimi Hendrix Experience Memorial Coliseum 1969 concert poster – May 7, 1969 Tuscaloosa poster – White
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Jimi Hendrix Experience Memorial Coliseum 1969 concert poster – Tuscaloosa May 7, 1969 poster – White
Check out this awesome print! It’s a cool replica of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience Tuscaloosa 1969 concert poster. It advertises a gig put on at the Memorial Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The event was organised by the Cotillion Club. Historically, a cotillion was a formal dance or ball that often marked a significant event, such as a debutante’s introduction into society. These events were highly formal, and attendees, usually young women, were taught social skills, manners, and dance etiquette. Cotillion balls were common in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries, but their popularity declined over time. In modern times, the concept of cotillion has evolved, and there are various interpretations and practices associated with it. Cotillion clubs still exist as social organisations aimed at teaching social skills, etiquette, and dance to young people. These clubs often offer classes in manners, proper behavior, and formal dance styles like ballroom dancing. They are designed to help young individuals gain confidence and social competence. Quite why they thought it was a good idea to introduce these young debutantes to the Jimi Hendrix Experience seems a little strange.
The show was held on Wednesday, 7 May, 1969 with support from Buddy Miles Express and Cat Mother. The Buddy Miles Express was a band led by drummer and vocalist George Allen “Buddy” Miles Jr., an American rock and soul musician who gained prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was best known for his association with Jimi Hendrix, and later played drums for the Band of Gypsys, a group formed by Hendrix. The band was a psychedelic soul and funk band that released several albums during their active years. The band’s music was characterised by a blend of rock, soul, and funk elements. One of their notable albums is “Expressway to Your Skull,” released in 1968. The album showcased the band’s musical versatility and Buddy Miles’ powerful vocals and drumming skills. Buddy Miles later pursued a solo career and continued to collaborate with various artists over the years. He remained an influential figure in the music industry, contributing significantly to the development of rock, soul, and funk music during his career.
Cat Mother or Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys were an American rock band formed in New York City in the late 1960s. The band was known for its eclectic style, blending elements of rock, blues, jazz, and psychedelic music. They gained some recognition in the late 1960s and early 1970s but never achieved mainstream success on the level of some of their contemporaries.
The band’s most notable work is their self-titled debut album, “Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys,” released in 1969. The album featured a mix of original compositions and cover songs, showcasing the band’s diverse musical influences. One of the standout tracks from the album was a cover of the song “Good Old Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Dave Bartholomew, which received some airplay and helped them gain a following. Their connection with Hendrix brought them some attention, but they were never able to achieve widespread commercial success.
Although not named on the Memorial Coliseum poster, according to the concert archives website Fat Mattress was the evening’s opening act. Fat Mattress was, in fact, an English folk rock band that was formed in Folkestone, England in 1968. The group was put together by guitarist and vocalist Noel Redding together with vocalist Neil Landon, multi-instrumentalist Jim Leverton, and drummer Eric Dillon. The band was formed while Redding was a member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was touted as a way for Redding to release his own creativity. To write songs, play guitar, sing lead, as well as to record original material. While he had done all three things with the Experience, they were restricted to rare occasions. However, to the music press, the fact that Fat Mattress was scheduled to be the opening act on the 1969 American tour appeared to be as much a concession to keep Noel in the band as it was a musical decision. It also poured petrol on the flames of speculation that the Jimi Hendrix Experience were about to split up.
Jimi Hendrix Memorial Coliseum May 7, 1969
May 7, 1969, was a busy day for Jimi. Sessions for the band’s third album, the as-yet-untitled Electric Ladyland began at several studios, both in the United States and UK between July 1967 and January 1968. After a three-month break, recording resumed on April 18, 1968, at the newly opened Record Plant Studios in New York City with producer Chas Chandler and engineers Eddie Kramer and Gary Kellgren.
To relax, Jimi used to frequent several of New York’s bars and nightclubs. The Scene was a nightclub on West 46th Street in Manhattan, run by American talent manager and nightclub owner, Steve Paul between 1964 and 1969. Steve Paul’s The Scene became the venue of choice for Jimi and his friends to get together and hang out with other musicians and artists. It was a regular haunt and performance venue for artists including The Velvet Underground, The Young Rascals, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Sammy Davis Jr., Blood Sweat and Tears, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Traffic and Fleetwood Mac. The Doors were hired to play the club throughout the month of June 1967, becoming the biggest draw in the history of the club.
In the 1978 biography of Jimi Hendrix “Scuse Me While I Kiss The Sky” David Henderson wrote “Jimi soon found the Scene Club irresistible… Fans did not hassle you there. It was dark and intimate, almost labyrinthine, yet you could go there and party, or play and just sit alone and drink, and no-one restrained you either way. And most important of all was that he could play there. He could play any time he wanted to. He could woodshed right in the middle of New York City. The Scene Club was like a miniforum model for every arena he would ever play. The shouting stark frenzy of the close room is what he brought with him to every stage around the world. It was always the small intimate room he was really playing to. The thousand and one nights of playing long into the Scene Club’s night. When the chairs would finally be upside down upon the tiny tables. When Steve Paul himself would finally have to pull the plug, while Jimi alone in his universe would be totally unaware of the hour or of the devotees and workers who patiently waited within the exhilaration of his sound. At the Scene, Jimi would completely let himself go – playing all he knew and didn’t know, going beyond sharing–playing all. Trying to get it all out.“
According to the Jimi Hendrix website, “In the early morning hours of May 7, Jimi returned from the nearby Scene Club with Steven Stills and Johnny Winter in tow”. Once back at the Record Plant, the three guitarists enjoyed a lengthy jam session recording “Jam #1, “Jam #2” and “Ships Passing Through The Night”, culminating with a rollicking rendition of Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used To Do”. The impromptu version featuring Johnny Winter on slide guitar was officially released in 2018 on the compilation Both Sides of the Sky.
The Steven Stills and Johnny Winter jam wasn’t the first time Hendrix had brought his friends back to the studio. Just five days earlier, after a long evening at the club, Hendrix returned to the studio with his drummer Mitch Mitchell, Steve Winwood the organist from Traffic and Blind Faith, and the Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady to jam. The resulting jam saw the makeshift group, perform three attempts at a tune based on the Muddy Waters blues song Rollin’ Stone. The final take became the basis of Voodoo Chile. The song was recorded by the Experience the next day and is one of Hendrix’s best-known songs.
In the afternoon of the 7th May, Hendrix joined Mitchell, Redding, and his road crew to fly to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The group checked into the Ramada Inn in Tuscaloosa prior to performing that evening at the Memorial Coliseum.
Other Jimi Hendrix posters
The ex-Animals bassist, Chandler was soon to become Hendrix’s manager. Hendrix’s debut UK performance took place in a discrete little meeting place in the heart of Mayfair. It was the opening night for The Scotch Of St James and the event was attended by the elite of the British music scene including members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Animals and The Hollies.
Between September 1966 and September 1970, and that first UK appearance to his final gig at the Isle of Fehmarn Festival in Germany, Jimi Hendrix played over 600 shows. Logic suggests that this means that nearly 600 posters will have been designed and printed advertising the legendary artists shows. We currently have just over a dozen reproduction prints on our website, here are three of our favorites.
The Sun Devils Gym poster features an image of the rock god reversed out of black and printed onto bright orange paper. It was produced to promote a show that took place on February 5 1968 in Tempe, Arizona. We love that the admission price appears on the poster stating entry cost just $3. The bright, bold poster looks fabulous, especially in the larger sizes.
Another bold, bright orange poster from 1968 promoted two shows at the Fillmore East in New York City. The wonderfully psychedelic image includes cameos of Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. The poster is considered to be one of the holy grails from the psychedelic-era. It’s an extremely rare poster in its original form. One original copy sold for $6,400 back in 2014.
A personal favorite is a 1970 Isle of Wight Festival poster. Although not strictly a Jimi Hendrix poster, his name appears in the three-day line-up along with artists including The Doors, The Who, and Jethro Tull. The poster depicts a cool image of a psychedelic drummer.
How much is an original 1969 Jimi Hendrix Memorial Coliseum concert poster worth?
Hendrix’s short time in the limelight, tragically curtailed by his premature passing, has resulted in a scarcity of memorabilia from his extraordinary career. Despite gracing the stage in over 500 shows, the posters announcing the events were
The fact that all three band members have now passed away, contributes to the exceptional rarity of Hendrix memorabilia. As a result, collectors highly covet these items, making them incredibly valuable in the eyes of enthusiasts. And, once in private collections they rarely come to market.
This Jimi Hendrix Experience Memorial Coliseum concert poster is one that originally had a relatively low print run and not many of the original 1969 posters are known to have survived. The only original copy we could find was sold by auction as far back as 2017. Back then, the poster achieved a hammer price of just over $1,00. More recent auction estimates value the poster between $2000-$4000.
Undoubtedly, securing an original copy, if within your means, is a triumphant feat. Owning an authentic Jimi Hendrix poster is an unparalleled experience and often proves to be a savvy investment. It’s highly likely that in just a few years, you could sell it for a handsome profit.
For many, investing in such a prized possession, even at entry-level poster collecting prices, remains a distant dream. This is precisely where our exquisite high-quality reproductions step in. They come at a fraction of the price of an original and exude unparalleled splendor when elegantly framed and displayed in your Red House. Don’t miss the chance to own a piece of this musical legend’s legacy. Don’t wait until tomorrow, order your copy today and bring a bit of Spanish Castle Magic into your home. You won’t be disappointed.