Arriving at the prestigious Hotel George V in Paris after a traumatic trip, as we landed during a thunderstorm after the plane had been struck by lightning, writer Roy Hollingsworth and I headed straight for the bar. We were met by a couple of ‘heavy’ looking characters who told us that Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin’s manager wasn’t pleased with us. Unbeknownst to Roy and me, the Melody Maker had given the new Led Zeppelin album ‘Houses of the Holy’ a less than glowing review. We ordered the strongest drink we could and soon the looming figure of Peter Grant appeared before us. Peter gave us the ‘third degree’ and let us know that he hoped we would like that night’s show at the Palais des Sport. The show was in fact amazing & despite a rather unruly crowd the band was inn top form. It did get a good review in the Melody Maker and all was well. This picture is taken at the last drumbeat of the song, though I can’t remember which song.
The first time I ran into Jimi and The Experience was on the set of ‘Top Of The Pops’ at the BBC studios in Lime Grove. The band was rehearsing ‘Purple Haze’ for that evening’s live broadcast. I shot some pictures on the set and during a break I went up to Jimi and asked him if we could make some more pictures in the stairwell off set as it was the only place with any daylight. He said ‘sure’, and we managed to shoot one roll of film in this narrow stairwell using available light from the single small window to illuminate him. There was a constant flow of traffic, all these people pushing around, but he was ‘cool’ about it and smiled. I had told him that I’d made pictures of Eric Clapton at this same spot just a couple of weeks ago and he told me that Eric was his idol. ‘Really’ I said, I had asked Eric who his favorite guitar player was and he said ‘Jimi Hendrix’.
This was the first time I’d met and photographed The Beatles. It was at the launch party for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, at Brian Epstein’s house in posh Belgravia. There were lots of people there from the press and elsewhere and The Beatles were walking around talking, laughing and celebrating the Summer of Love. I was taking a few shots inside the house but the lighting was bad and Derek Taylor, their wonder press officer, suggested all the press and photographers go outside and we’ll do some pictures by the door. I managed to crawl up to the front through the crowd and get this picture of the “Fab Four”.
The Doors 1968
The band was rehearsing for ‘Top Of The Pops’, England’s longest running music television show. Later on as they were miming to playback of ‘Hello I Love You’, I remember thinking that I would always regret not having the courage to ask Jim and the boys if I could shoot more pictures but Jim looked mean that day and I thought it might have been ‘un-cool’ to ask.