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Brian May: “I paid a thousand pounds for Jimi Hendrix!”

The Queen guitarist on the night he booked Hendrix to play a gig at his university in 1967.

I was on the Entertainments Committee at Imperial College in West London who booked Jimi in May 1967. We booked a lot of great groups, like Steamhammer, Spooky Tooth, America – and Jimi Hendrix. It was a sort of ball: you had three or four groups playing in different parts of the building. We paid a thousand pounds for Jimi to come that night, and there were a thousand people in that hall. Tickets were more than a pound, so the Imperial College Union made a profit.


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