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Sunday, March 05, 2006


Last weekend, Cindy and I had the pleasure of making dinner for friends Rex and Tracy. Tracy is the realtor who helped us buy our house. Rex and Tracy are aces – smart and funny and loaded with fun stories, including this one.

In 1967, when Tracy was a teenager living in Monterey, California, she and her friend somehow got press passes for the now famous Monterey Pop Festival, a three day rock concert featuring a stunning lineup of performers including the Mamas and the Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, the Animals, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, the Who, Ravi Shankar, and making their American debut, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. On Sunday, the third and final day of the festival, Tracy flashed her pass and sat in a special section to listen to Ravi Shankar's three hour performance. As she settled in (literally with a flower in her hair), a striking young man sat down beside her. This man was Jimi Hendrix. He sat beside her for the entirety of Shankar's performance.


When Monterey Pop , DA Pennebaker's documentary of the festival came out the following year, Tracy and her friend went to see it, to relive the concert but also to see if they were in the film. Sure enough, during Shankar's performance, there was Tracy in a shot that clearly showed Hendrix seated right next to her.

Years later, wanting to share this experience with her child, Tracy took her daughter to see the movie so they could watch it together. To Tracy's surprise, the shot of her and Hendrix was not included. It had been edited out. When the movie came out on video, she rented it thinking the shot may have been put back in. No such luck. Tracy's daughter believed her mom, but seeing the shot would have really helped everyone.

Last year, an extended DVD version of the documentary was released. Boasting complete performances of many of the acts that appeared at the concert, the DVD seemed likely to have the lost shot of Hendrix, Tracy and the flower in her hair.

It does.

Need a house? Call Tracy.



At 3/05/2006 11:30 PM, Sean O'Brien said...

THAT is a great story and a reminder that everybody has a good one.

At 5/31/2006 1:13 AM, Andy said...

I too was at Monterrey. I was wandering the fair grounds on Saturday afternoon. I came to the place where there were instruments on display. Jimi was fooling around with a guitar and some kind of tape loop machine. I stood there basically by myself and watched him experimenting with these things for several minutes.

I then wandered inside the building. There was a jam session going on with a very strange group. Paul Simon, Al Kooper, Bob Weir, then Jimi came in and joined the group. For the period I was there they never really got anything going so I eventually left. I had to get in to the arena for the concert with Canned Heat, The Electric Flag, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and I think the Dead.

At 7/02/2007 9:38 AM, Yazidmanou said...

Hi from France. It's such a very cool story. Thanks a lot for sharing on this 40th Monterey anniversary. Stay tuned


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