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The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 concert ad...

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November 21, 1968

THE VILLAGE VOICE (weekly), Greenwich Village, New York City, Nov. 21, 1968

* The Jimi Hendrix Experience performance
* American guitarist, singer and songwriter
* Philharmonic Hall concert advertisement
* 2nd Quaker City Rock Festival, Philadelphia

Page 34 has a 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch advertisement for "Jimi Hendrix Experience" concert at the Philharmonic Hall. (see image) This was the very first rock concert played at the famous venue.
source: jimihendrix.com: At the beginning of November, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was thrown out of the St. Moritz Hotel, presumably for being longhaired musicians. Three weeks later, they weren’t even allowed into the Hilton Hotel in Rockefeller Center and, in between times, the most prestigious show on the band’s latest run through the United States had encountered a very unexpected problem.
It was Thanksgiving, and the group had been invited to play New York’s Philharmonic Hall; the first rock band ever to be admitted into those hallowed grounds. Bob Dylan’s famous show there on Halloween, 1964, of course, occurred while he was still an acoustic folky. The biggest events to enter the Hall in 1968 were the premiere of Howard Hanson’s Sixth Symphony on February 29, and Roger Sessions’ Eighth, on May 2.
It was indeed a sign of the esteem The Experience held, that the Philharmonic Hall officials even considered allowing them to tread their precious boards. What was even more remarkable, was that the venue’s traditionally conservative patrons barely batted an eye when the announcement was made.
After all, Jimi’s guitar playing was readily described as a one-man orchestration of sorts, and it wasn’t only his musical peers that valued his accomplishments. American guitar sales reached an all-time high of $130 million in 1968, largely attributed to Jimi’s example and influence. Therefore, the Philharmonic Hall engagement was well deserved.

Page 30 has a 3 x 4 inch ad for "Quaker City Rock Festival" at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
I suspect this to be an extremely rare item because their was really no reason to save it at the time.
It is worth noting that "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City.
Complete with 72 pages, tabloid size, one fold along the center, nice condition.

Provenance note: This issue comes from The Village Voice's own archives, part of their in-house collection used to create their digital archive. Rare as such.

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Category: The 20th Century