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December 14, 2023

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Photographed by Linda McCartney for the Album Cover of ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Electric Ladyland was re-released on November 9, 2018 to mark its 50th anniversary, featuring a photograph by the late Linda McCartney as the artwork.

The artwork is a photograph shot by the late Linda Eastman (McCartney) – the former wife of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney – of the band and children at the statue of Alice In Wonderland in New York’s Central Park, and was the “Purple Haze” hitmaker’s own choice of imagery for the album’s cover image.

The shot was inside of the US version on Reprise Records in black and white, whilst the UK version of the album released by Track Records didn’t have the image at all - instead it featured an image of 19 naked women, which Hendrix famously hated.

The band formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966, and were active until June 1969.

Hendrix chocked on his own vomit and died at the age of just 27 in September 1970, and was one of the first rock stars to join the famous cult 27 club.

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