Rare Jimi Hendrix Signed Autograph. July 1967 Opening for The Monkees. Auto PSA
"Move over, Rover... and let Jimi take over!"
One of our favorite signatures and certainly one of the toughest in the hobby is none other than Jimi Hendrix! Offered here is just the second Jimi autograph we’ve ever owned… a true beauty with an incredible back story!
Hendrix tragically passed away in 1970 at the age of 27, so the number of authentic signatures in the market is significantly low. Additionally, his psychedelic electric guitar playing took a while to catch on, and it wasn’t until the last few years of his life when he started to gain more mainstream popularity. In that light hails this fabulous autograph.
Penned on the blank side of 2”x2” photo, Jimi’s autograph is flawlessly featured in blue ball-point ink, and we absolutely love everything about it. The style in which he signed and even the spelling of his name just matches his persona… COOL! However, you’ll notice that the reverse photograph is not of Hendrix, but rather Peter Tork of The Monkees, and this is what makes this piece so special.
We can date the autograph specifically to July 1967, when Hendrix briefly opened for The Monkees during their U.S. Tour. At the time, Hendrix was gaining some popularity in the United Kingdom, but he was still unknown in his native United States. On the contrary, Peter Tork and The Monkees were a massive success and one of the most popular bands of the 1960’s. In an effort to help Hendrix gain a bigger following and find success in the United States, they brought him on as the opening act for their 1967 Tour.
For anyone familiar, their styles of music could not be more clashing! The Monkees' bubblegum pop fanbase was simply not ready for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and they absolutely hated the opening act. In fact, so much so that it’s rumored at the last show, Hendrix flipped the crowd “the bird” and walked off stage! The odd billing only lasted 7 shows July 8 - July 17, 1967.
Of course, a few years later, 1960’s counter-culture caught on to the genius that is Hendrix, and he would go on to become rock’s ultimate guitar hero! According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". It’s hard to believe there was a time when Jimi Hendrix wasn’t a headliner, and was essentially booed off the stage as an opening act!