Jimi Hendrix photographer reveals secrets of 1960s sessions – video

Gered Mankovitz talks about studio photoshoots with guitar legend

Jimi Hendrix photographer Gered Mankovitz has spoken about studio photo sessions with the guitar legend in the 1960s in a new NME video – watch it on the right now.

In the video Mankovitz explained how Hendrix and his band struggled to appear enigmatic in photos and were actually prone to giggling fits.

"There was a lot of laughing and giggling," he said of a studio photo session that took place shortly after the guitarist landed in London in 1966. "Every bloke [in the 1960s] wanted to be moody and sexy and yet there was endless laughter."

He added: "Especially Mitch [Mitchell, drummer]… when he tried to look moody and cool he just broke everybody up. But they managed to do it enough times to make the shoot look viable and worthwhile."

Watch the video interview in full on the right.

Pick up the new issue of NME (out nationwide from August 11) for more about Hendrix, featuring the story of the last week of his life, tributes and pictures. NME is on UK newsstands, or available digitally worldwide right now.
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