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Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream: Never-Seen Photos From 1967

Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Cream: Never-Seen Photos From 1967

"You must remember that this event predates Woodstock," Fred Ward of the Sounds Force Five wrote on Surprisingly few photos survive from Barbeque '67 ? although at least one photographer was there with professional equipment (background, in suit and tie).

And many of those who attended have conflicting memories: For some, it was a heady, once-in-a-lifetime experience; others were less satisfied, recalling that Hendrix was in a foul mood and played poorly, or that Cream (above) indulged in long, uninspired instrumentals.One member of a local band that kept the crowd entertained between acts was especially struck by the size of the event.

"You must remember that this event predates Woodstock," Fred Ward of the Sounds Force Five wrote on a site dedicated to UK rock festivals .

Another of George Elderton's pictures, this time featuring Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, illustrates just how rudimentary not only the venue itself was (it really was a tulip auction house) but how basic the bands' gear felt at the time.

Years later, singer Mike Peacey told the BBC that playing Barbeque '67 felt "like all our Christmases had come at once.

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