What Jimi Hendrix Wanted As The “Electric Ladyland” Album Cover

Jimi Hendrix wrote this letter to Reprise Records describing what he wanted for the cover art of The Jimi Hendrix Experience album “Electric Ladyland” but he was mostly ignored.

Jimi Hendrix Sketch Electric Ladyland Album Cover Linda McCartney

Hendrix asked for this color photo by Linda Eastman of the group sitting with children on a sculpture from Alice in Wonderland in Central Park, and even drew a picture of it for reference.

Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland New York Central Park Photo Children Linda McCartney

The company instead used a blurred red and yellow photo of Jimi Hendrix taken by Karl Ferris.

Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland US Album Cover

Track Records (UK Label) used its art department, which produced a cover image by photographer David Montgomery depicting nineteen nude women lounging in front of a black background.

Jimi Hendrix ELectric Ladyland Naked Girls Album Cover UK Censored

Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with this “naked lady” cover, much as he was displeased with the Axis: Bold As Love cover which he found disrespectful.  The cover was banned by several record dealers as “pornographic”, while others sold it with the gatefold cover turned inside out.

The company Experience Hendrix, which owns the rights to the album and most of Hendrix’s catalogue, has stated that the original UK nudes cover will not be used any longer, since Hendrix himself did not like it; nonetheless Hendrix’s own choice, the Eastman photo, is still ignored.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Who were the women in the cover how were they recruted?

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