Friday, September 5, 2008

Twas Once Was Lost But Now Is Found - Hendrix Burnt Guitar

On March 31, 1967, Jimi Hendrix made the ingenious decision to lite his 1965 Fender Stratocaster on fire, in front of a live audience at London's Finsbury Astoria.

Afterwards, he was taken to the hospital for minor hand injuries, but I think it's safe to say it was worth it to him. And who could know that it 1967, it would be really worth it to us too?

After the show, the guitar was taken to the offices of his aide Tony Garland and ended up being kept at Garland's parent's house in southern the garage! Which is where it stayed all of these years until it was discovered by Garland's nephew last year in 2007. 40 years later!

This remarkable find (why can't I ever find stuff like this?) went on the auction block in London and was sold yesterday for $495,000. That's it? That's it? I can't BELIEVE that it didn't fetch more than that but what are you gonna do?

Ted Owen, Director of acquisitions at the Fame Bureua rock memorabilia firm which organised the sale, has described Hendrix's act as "a watershed in live performance."


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