If you're one of the few people with $10,000 burning a hole in your pocket in these not-so-flush times, you could have a 16x20 dye transfer print of Jim Marshall's picture of Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, surely one of the iconic images of the decade of the 'sixties in America, and one of the great photographs of the rock and roll era.
Without the little red dot in the corner, of course. (I guess that's there so I can't claim I took it. Unless the JM stands for Johnston, Mike. Yeah, dat's it.)
Not so expensive but still expensive, Jim's portrait of Grace Slick and Janis Joplin is more than halfway through its edition already. You gotta admit this would be a great portrait even if its subjects were anonymous.
These and many other Jim Marshall photographs are now available through Marshall Photo, online.
Oh, and the dye transfers are made by none other than our very own Ctein*.
(Thanks to Frank Doris)
*He gets paid up front, though, so nothing in these purchase prices goes to him. In case you might be wondering. You, too, could have your own pictures made into dye transfers if you want.
Featured Comment by Edward Taylor: "It hurts me to look at these photos. In the 'sixties, I was into two things—music and photography. I was working for various newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area and was very busy. Virtually every Friday and Saturday night, and many other nights, I would go to a 'concert.' I use the quotes because concerts back then were completely different than today. Most took place in small venues which held only a few hundred people or less. I went to The Electric Factory in Philly a lot, as well as places like The Main Point. There were no concerts in stadiums in Philly. I did see the Monkees and the Beatles at the Civic center, but that was as big as it ever got. I was even at Woodstock. I remember sitting on the stage at some of these concerts. I often was close enough to talk to the artists. I saw The Who play Tommy before it was a record. I was six feet from Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane. My best friend at the time had a huge crush on her. I saw Dylan, and Clapton, and The Byrds, and Janis with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Hendrix, the Stones, and on and on. I got coffee once with Joni Mitchell. Back then the performers were real people who did a show, then you could often find them hanging around out back. They were approachable.
"The reason it hurts to see photos like the one above is that even though I was a photographer with great equipment, it never occurred to me to take a camera with me to any of these events. Work was work, and when I was done work, I put my camera down and went out to enjoy myself. But, photography never felt like work to me, and I really don't know why I did this or separated the two. I took my camera to family events, etc., but not Woodstock. Anyway, when I think of the photos I could have had—not to mention the zillions of dollars they would be worth today—it hurts.
"Moral—always keep your camera with you."