Classic Album Sundays has teamed up with Rockarchive to present a series of album listening sessions featuring legendary rock photographers such as Rockarchive founder Jill Furmanovsky amidst an exhibition setting within the Olympus Rockarchive Image Space. We inaugurate this series with a special session featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience ‘Electric Ladyland’ with photographer David Montgomery who took the photograph of Hendrix that graces the inner sanctum of ‘Electric Ladyland’s gatefold sleeve along with the controversial ‘naked ladies’ album cover shot that was on the Track Records UK pressing. Ray Foulk who was one of the three brothers ( Ronnie and Bill ) who started the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 (to raise money for a swimming pool) and booked both Dylan and Hendrix for that will also be joining us for some interesting tales!

And we feel Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’ is his most definitive studio album. After producer / manager Chas Chandler split after losing patience with Hendrix’s painstaking attention to detail which resulted in an inordinate time spent in the recording studio, Jimi was able to take the reins for the first time in his recording career. His third LP was the first and only studio album to be produced and “directed” by Jimi himself. It is also an artistic high point as he had the autonomy to try new ideas. Of course there is the unfettered blend of blues, rock, pop, funk and psychedelia but there is also a heavy dose of sonic experimentation. Read more about the album here.

Join us to first to hear Montgomery and Stevenson’s first hand account of their experiences shooting Jimi Hendrix. Then the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on vinyl on our audiophile hi-fi. And don’t worry – we will have a short intermission between sides B & C! We will also have the wonderfully remixed by original engineer Eddie Kramer Music on Vinyl ‘Electric Ladyland’ re-issues for sale. Listening guidelines apply.

Rockarchive will be selling Hendrix prints and CAS will be selling 180 gram Music on Vinyl ‘Electric Ladyland’ re-issues that were remixed by original engineer Eddie Kramer from the original analogue tapes.

Jensen’s Bermondsey Gin will also be serving a complimentary “Gini Hendrix” classic album cocktail. Somebody had to think of that.


Sunday, 18 May, 6 to 9 pm

Olympus Rockarchive Image Space, 199 Bishopsgate (entrance on Primrose St), London EC2M 3TY

Tickets: £12 on the door and £10 + service charge here and includes complimentary ‘Gini Hendrix’ classic album cocktail courtesy of Jensen’s Bermondsey Gin.

Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Photographer David Montgomery and Ray Foulk of Isle of Wight Festival

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 Turntable, Rega IOS Reference MC Phono StageAudio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Audio Note AN-E Speakers


Photo by Ray Stevenson courtesy of Rockarchive


Photo by David Montgomery courtesy of Rockarchive.


  1. To Whom It May Concern:

    I’m looking into and reading a book my brother purchased a while back. He gave it to me to see if I would have any luck in my network of friends or internet research that could offer him advice. We believe the book was issued to Mr. Hendrix while at Fort Ord possibly while receiving medical care. I know he continued to use dental benefits and possible follow ups on his ankle after his discharge in Kentucky and upon returning to CA. We know about the album “War Heroes” and know he was a protestor of the Vietnam War and are wondering if this book help inspire his lyrical writings on those songs/albums. We are hoping to authenticate it. Any help or leads are most appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Jim Blagg

    Here is info on his time at Fort Ord:

    Military Service
    Hendrix in the US Army, 1961
    Before Hendrix was 19 years old, law enforcement authorities had twice caught him riding in stolen cars. When given a choice between spending time in prison or joining the Army, he chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961.[38] After completing eight weeks of basic training at Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.[39] He arrived there on November 8, and soon afterward he wrote to his father: “There’s nothing but physical training and harassment here for two weeks, then when you go to jump school … you get hell. They work you to death, fussing and fighting.”[40] In his next letter home, Hendrix, who had left his guitar at his girlfriend Betty Jean Morgan’s house in Seattle, asked his father to send it to him as soon as possible, stating: “I really need it now.”[40] His father obliged and sent the red Silvertone Danelectro on which Hendrix had hand-painted the words “Betty Jean”, to Fort Ord.[41] His apparent obsession with the instrument contributed to his neglect of his duties, which led to verbal taunting and physical abuse from his peers, who at least once hid the guitar from him until he had begged for its return.[42]

    In November 1961, fellow serviceman Billy Cox walked past an army club and heard Hendrix playing guitar.[43] Intrigued by the proficient playing, which he described as a combination of “John Lee Hooker and Beethoven”, Cox borrowed a bass guitar and the two jammed.[44] Within a few weeks, they began performing at base clubs on the weekends with other musicians in a loosely organized band called the Casuals.[45]

    Hendrix completed his paratrooper training in just over eight months, and Major General C.W.G. Rich awarded him the prestigious Screaming Eagles patch on January 11, 1962.[40] By February, his personal conduct had begun to draw criticism from his superiors. They labeled him an unqualified marksman and often caught him napping while on duty and failing to report for bed checks.[46] On May 24, Hendrix’s platoon sergeant, James C. Spears filed a report in which he stated: “He has no interest whatsoever in the Army … It is my opinion that Private Hendrix will never come up to the standards required of a soldier. I feel that the military service will benefit if he is discharged as soon as possible.”[47] On June 29, 1962, Captain Gilbert Batchman granted Hendrix an honorable discharge on the basis of unsuitability.[48] Hendrix later spoke of his dislike of the army and falsely stated that he had received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump.[49][nb 8]


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