Jimi Hendrix: The Day I Was There


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Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music. Richard Houghton’s fifth book in the I Was There series is a collection of over 500 eyewitness accounts of seeing him live. It’s the story of Jimi’s discovery by manager Chas Chandler in New York’s Cafe Wha? and explosion onto the UK music scene in 1966 through to his untimely death in September 1970.

With fans recalling memories of the earliest Experience shows at UK clubs and theatre shows and Jimi’s appearances at the Monterey, Woodstock, Atlanta and Isle of Wight festivals, you’ll see a portrait of Hendrix the live performer that’s never been painted before – up close and loud. With personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes, and fan stories that have never been published before.


About the author:

Richard Houghton is always looking for interesting stories from muisc fans for his The Day I Was There series of books. If you would like to share your gig memories then please email Richard:  The best stories will wind up in print! [email protected]

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Weight 0.407 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 13.3 × 3.2 cm


Jimi Hendrix: The Day I Was There is another fun entry in this series that will take fans who were alive during those heady times in the late 1960s back to their youth, while for those of us too young to have experienced it the first time, we can instead be transported back through the fan recollections. There isn't any new information about Hendrix or his music to be gleaned from the book, but that's not the point of this series. Instead, this book takes the reader back to a time when Hendrix was a completely new and unknown force on the music scene who reinvented what the electric guitar and rock music could do, one blown mind at a time. 9/10
-Rock and Roll Chemist
Richard Houghton collects 500 fascinating and fun accounts of Jimi's performances and everyday interactions.
-High Times Magazine
I really enjoyed this book. As a massive (young) Hendrix fan it was great to read people’s memories of seeing him and getting a sense of what I missed.
-Amazon Review 5 stars
The first-hand accounts of early Experience gigs alone (as opposed to better-chronicled later festival dates, interesting as several of those stories are) make this a worthy addition to the Jimi Hendrix literary canon. It's also easy on the eye, with plenty of great photographs and memorabilia among the anecdotes and fan stories. In short, we have a further neat tribute to one of the rock'n'roll greats.
-Amazon Review 5 stars
Richard Houghton has done justice to the memory of a great musician. I was lucky enough to see Hendrix play on numerous occasions. We can watch videos and listen to his recordings now, but to actually see him play was something else! Houghton, by collecting these accounts of those who were impressed by Hendrix’s talent, has gone a long way in explaining the enormous impact Jimi had on those who saw him play. Hendrix’s untimely death re-enforces the legend that he became. This book reminds us that he was, for all too brief a time, a huge talent who touched a generation like no other. The reminiscences of his fans and fellow musicians adds that extra special ingredient to understanding his impact on the music of that period. If you were not able to see Jimi Hendrix play live, watch the videos and play his recordings of course, but if you want to know what it was like to see him play, read this book!
-Amazon Review 5 stars
It's almost like you feel yourself what a revoltion it was to witness the mindblowing experience to watch Jimi, Mitch and Noel when they conquered the world. A highly recommended read!
-Amazon Review 5 stars
The mostly short contributions provide vivid testimony about the experience (no pun intended) of seeing a unique talent and a musical genius. In my opinion, it also provides a fascinating window to the past, to a more innocent and less po-faced world than the one we live in today. Much more than a hagiography. The format, too, makes it "unputdownable". Utterly absorbing and highly-recommended, even if you did not manage to witness a performance by The Man.
-Amazon Review 5 stars
This book is compiled very lively. It's almost like you feel yourself what a revoltion it was to witness the mindblowing experience to watch Jimi, Mitch and Noel when they conquered the world. A highly recommended read!!!!!
-Amazon Review 5 stars
Jimi hendrix - The day I was there ‘ by Richard Houghton. I love the front cover it shouts out buy me, I’m glad I did. My memories are listening to the great man thinking, I wish he would actually start, all the tuning up seemed to take for ever, when the music actually started it knocks me out, as the book says, he was really something. One fan actually mentioned it was like a firework display, I can well understand that comparison . The book gave me a real nostalgic ride, the groups that are mentioned in the book, wow, it’s like they were all there. It was interesting to real a lot of musicians accounts of seeing Mr Hendrix live, I found the racist bits mentioned very sad and unsettling. The loud dressing, explosion of colour, and sound that was Jimi Hendrix, is contradictory to the softly spoken polite young man that was also Jimi. To realise how special he was, get the book, (oh to have been in Monterey) . And it’s very decorative to see on my bookshelf . Nice one
-Amazon Review 5 stars