Hendrix and ‘The Last Great Event’

One of the all time great Festival ‘events’ of years gone by has caught the eye of the QuotroFest team this week…. but some of us are somewhat nostalgia ‘freaks’


A uniquely presented and styled exhibition, highlighting the iconic Isle of Wight festival of 1970 – Jimi Hendrix and all that – has been opened in Portsmouth for the year ahead at The City’s Guildhall.


The man behind this memorable atmospheric exhibition experience – and that’s what it is – is Ray Foulk, who with his brothers founded the IOW Festival series at the end of the 1960s .


This is Ray Foulks – of course! 


‘The Last Great Event’ very much at the fore of the exhibition and Foulks writings, is the 1970 Festival headlined by the likes of The Who, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix died 18 days after his gig at IOW that year which proved to the swansong of the Foulk’s IOW Festival series.


Foulk written memoirs of that unique 1970’s Festival is surely a good read – that’s what our team at QuotroFest reckons – and a taster extract is here for you …..

A day later, Jimi Hendrix flew in – first by Air India and then light aircraft. He arrived in a state of some trepidation. He had been away so long that he feared Britain would have forgotten all about him. On August 29, he told Melody Maker’s Roy Hollingworth: “I’m back right now to where I started. I’ve given this era of music everything. I still sound the same, my music’s still the same, and I can’t think of anything new to add to it in its present state…I just wanted to go away a while and forget everything. I wanted to just do recording, and see if I could write something.”

Ray Foulk’s Festival writings are available from Amazon, Waterstones and other major retailers. There’s 25% off the lead price from Medina Publishing.

Foulk’s exhibition, the Isle of Wight Festival Experience, will be on display at the Portsmouth Guildhall until October 2017. Tickets are £3 / £2.50.

source – festivalinsights.com