In 1967, British photographer Gered Mankowitz had the opportunity to photograph the Jimi Hendrix Experience in two sessions at Mankowitz’s legendary Masons Yard studio. Hendrix had just recorded his BBC sessions, taking London by storm, and was on his way to establishing himself as the most influential and charismatic rock star of the decade.
Gered Mankowitz was born in London in 1946. In the fall of 1965, he toured the United States with the Rolling Stones as their official photographer. He produced several album covers for them, including December's Childrenand Between the Buttons.
Along with Hendrix and the Stones, Mankowitz photographed many other famous musicians, including Traffic, the Yardbirds, Marianne Faithfull, Elton John, and George Harrison.
Richie Unterberger is a well-known music journalist who writes for Mojo, Record Collector, Rolling Stone, Oxford American, and No Depression.
Unterberger is also the author of the Rough Guide series including The Rough Guide to Jimi Hendrix as well as several volumes on music history such as Turn! Turn! Turn!: The ??s Folk-Rock Revolution, The Unreleased Beatles, Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll, and White Light/White Heat.