When Jimi Hendrix sent his Fender Stratocaster up in flames at the end of his historic performance at the 1967 Mononterey Pop Festival in 1967, it was a brilliant grandstand play by a consummate psychedelic showman well-schooled in the showstopping hijinx of T-Bone Walker and Little Richard, it was also a profound gesture of affection and gratitude.
“I could sit up here all night and say thank you, thank you, thank you…I just wanna grab you, man,” Hendrix told the adoring crowd. ‘‘But, dig, I just can't do that. So what I wanna do, I’m gonna sacrifice something here I really love...There is nothing more I can do than this.”
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