Sculpture Saturday: Jimi Hendrix

Statue of Jimi Hendrix in Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight Festival had rightly taken its place at the pinnacle of music festivals by 1970. On this small island off the south coast of the UK the August 1970 event welcomed over more than 600,000 people to tune in and freak out. It caused an uproar on what was, until then, a sedate holiday resort and divided opinion on the island like nothing before or since. Letters to The Telegraph and The Times (mostly from people who weren’t there) fuelled the debate and there was a definite sense that this was the end, or the beginning, of something. Along with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, The Doors, The Who, The Moody Blues, Procol Harum and more, they rocked the island. A weekend ticket would have set you back £3: in comparison, next year’s prices run from £264 to £362 per adult for the weekend.

Just a few days later, Jimi Hendrix died from a drug overdose.

The link to his Isle of Wight performance is