Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hastings Pier Sunday 22nd October 1967. One official, one fake poster.

official poster supplied by Peter Fairless

Autograph poster listed as £15,000.00 in Record Collector December 2017

Mick O’Dowd… the second poster is a fake. Note the date. He played on SUNDAY at the Hastings Pier Sunday Club.

Peter Gladwish… I  remember this event very well. Jimi was straddling his guitar on the stage about 6 feet in front of me, when he poured lighter fuel on it and set it alight. Not being able to afford a ‘Strat’ at the time, I remember thinking, “What a ****ing waste!”

Chris Farley… Well done with tracking down detailed event of Hastings Pier & jimmy hendrix on Oct 1967. – I was there as a teenager still at Bexhill Grammer School – never heard of the Experince or MR J Hendrix at age 17y …

Grimey Wilks… I was there too. I clambered onto the stage and took a few photos before being bundled offstage by a security guy. Before the gig Jimi stood at the bar quietly talking with his team untroubled and unmolested. I recognise the left hand poster but I too believe the other to be a fake.

Graham Ellis… I was there too, also a student from Bexhill Grammer School, what a night! Chris, did l know you ? I was leaning against the stage front and remember the lighter fuel burn and the sexy groupie next to me making eyes with Jimi all night. She rushed backstage as soon as he finished playing.

Mick O’Dowd… Supporting programme was Orange Seaweed. Any info on them?

Peter Fairless… Google tells me… The Orange Seaweed – Biography. Psychedelic band from Hastings, England who formed out of cult Freakbeat act The Kingpins who recorded some acetates on the mega collectable Oak label. Ray Neale – Guitar / vocals, Keith Neale – Bass, Les Warren – Drums

Paul Morfey… How much would we pay to go back 50 years and be there on that night??!!?

Peter Fairless… Hey, join the queue for that time machine!

Jan Warren… Wow!!

Bob Laurie… I recall that his wah-wah kept cutting out during Burning of the Midnight Lamp. I think that he started with Foxy Lady and finished with Purple Haze – everything else was a bit blurred!

Clive Wiltshire… I was there too!

Bob Shipway… It was an amazing gig. I remember being very close to the front of the stage. The showmanship and musicianship were on 11 that night! One of my all time Pier gigs.

Paul Coleman… I was there too – with Chris Farley. Where are you now Chris – Wolverhampton? Paul Coleman, Bexhill. pacman22@hotmail.co.uk

Jan Warren… My (late) sister-in-law was there!

Jim Breeds… I’m just comparing the Graham Nash autograph with the one that I have from a couple of years ago.

supplied by Jim Breeds

Alan Esdaile… Completely different. The G starts similar but I can’t see someone changing their autograph this much.

Jim Breeds… That’s what I was thinking. I didn’t want to say so in case of influencing the subject. I know mine is genuine.

Colin Bell… I was backstage that night and have no recollection of Graham Nash being there at all im sorry to say.

Mick O’Dowd… Why would anyone want to sign as Graham Nash? He never appeared onstage and in postings recently on another page another lady also got the autograph complete with Graham Nash! Strange! I know that I once signed a certain silver clad singer’s autograph (GG) behind the stage door but at least he was there and went onstage.

Jim Breeds… Perhaps it is a slightly different name? Or a different guy with the same name? (Seems unlikely, I know).

Tim Purcell… I was there, near the front when he went into his smashing up the guitar routine – although immediately before he tossed his good guitar over the speaker stack and a stage hand threw back an already battered one! Rock and roll with a cost conscience!

Grimey Wilks…  Tim, Absolutely right! When he humped the speaker cab it was a Marshall cab with no speakers in. Smoke and mirrors! Still the greatest though and SO glad I was there.

Tony Bird… I was there!

John Byrne… I represent 99.99999999999999% of the human race that wasn’t there !

Mick O’Dowd… Tim Purcell, were you the one that tried to put a band together with Twidge Partridge, Fats Wilshire and Neil (?) and me.?

Johan… I worked in a hotel in the north of Holland in the 90’s and met a guy who told me he had been to this concert and stole 1 one of the posters. He made me a copy, which i still have. It is the one with the correct date.

Mick O’Dowd… Was there with Deep Purple(Hastings) as their, wet behind the ears ,manager. Thought if I passed some DP business cards through the stage door that someone, anyone, would take notice and say let’s check these out! No-one did. Came back all 12 signed by Hendrix & band along with Graham Nash whose presence is disputed as no one actually saw him. I was so p****d of that I gave them all away. Peter Horton who was guitarist has still got his and so has my little sister! DOH!

Micky Erends… I was there on the night in front of the stage, Seeing Jimi is something will never forget, often tease my friend Nan Morland for not being there!

Iain Cobby… I had that poster, my parents who worked on the pier bought me back one, not signed. I was 12 and they thought I was too young. Like a wally I cut out the letters and stuck them on my bedroom wall.Aaaagh

Pulpit Gate All Saints Street Hastings

supplied by Peter Ellingworth

Peter’s father Roy Ellingworth did the woodwork on the building

Peter Houghton… Great picture

Tracy Birrell… My daydream home for 65 years. I have many photos of me swooning outside.

Peter Ellingworth… If I remember correctly, my late father worked on this including woodwork for the roof when it was being renovated in the 50’s early ’60’s, as there was a lot of dry rot amd I think the residue of some wartime damage. My parents noticed the house on a postcard while back on holiday in Hastings – my father’s reaction was more one of bemusement, as to him at the time it was just another dollar, another day, another job. Remember this was before the Old Town came into fashion the way it is now. He also did a lot of work on the then 1964 ? new Lifeboat House, and got on well with the Old Towners to the extent of being invited to the Winkle Club, one of the few non Old Towners that was as far as I know. He also missed the gas explosion in 1963 ? that destroyed some property at the Hastings end of George Street by about twenty minutes- half hour as he was on a job nearby. He didn’t get too fazed by this – like many of his generation he had plenty of near misses in WW2 !