As I said in my earlier post about the Hapshash and the Colour Coat poster UFO Coming, I had bought two Hapshash and the Coloured Coat posters in the late 1960's: one of Pink Floyd and the other of Jimi Hendrix:
|Jimi Hendrix Experience Fillmore Auditorium (signed by Nigel Waymouth) 1967|
It is a really great image and the story is that it was designed for Hendrix and not for the Fillmore concerts it names. Printed on gold paper in 1967 it has some of their favourite Hapshash and the Coloured Coat details: UFOs, mystical and astrological symbols, Mucha-style borders, silhouetted trees, flowers and the dragon from Mucha's poster Lorenzaccio (which was also used on the cover of the mysterious magazine, Albion.) Certainly it represents Hendrix resplendent in native American ('Indian') costume possibly more akin to his thoughts than the Indian artwork inspired cover of his second album Axis: Bold as Love, released in December 1967.
|Axis: Bold as Love LP cover|
The Mucha dragon looms above the mystical symbols, as it does on the cover of Albion.
|Hapshash and the Coloured Coat: Jimi Hendrix detail|
|Art: Supernatural Fairy Tales|
Welcome Cosmic Visitors
which has the added dimension of the zodiac, Save Earth Now and OZ No 13
|OZ 13: Catherine and the Wheel of Fire, June 1968|
There is a message hiding in the circular motifs to the right of Jimi's leg.
|Hapshash and the Coloured Coat secret message|
HAPSHASH AND THE COLOURED COAT SENDS LOVE TO ALL
YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ON EARTH...
...AND IN HEAVEN
There are some variants of this beautiful poster. One has an adddition of an advertisement for Are You Experienced with the Track Records information.
Recently the artwork for this poster was sold and it shows the variant with the Fillmore Auditorium concert dates.
|The original artwork|