30 September 2011
Last updated at 12:17
An exhibition of almost 100 rarely seen photographs of the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival is officially opening at Swansea Museum. The images of performers such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Hawkwind, Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen were taken by photographer Charles Everest, who now lives in Swansea.
The exhibition is being opened by Nik Turner (pictured above) who was in the original Hawkwind line-up. Mr Everest will be talking about his work and Turner will be reminiscing about the festival dubbed “The Last Great Event” and will perform a short set.
Mr Everest, 82, who worked as a newsreel cameraman and director, lived on the Isle of Wight at the time so helped organise the press which gave him unrivalled access to Hendrix and other stars. "I had a half-hour conversation with Jimi and I'm told I took the last photograph of him before he died," he said.
Another star he has fond memories of is Joan Baez. "She was a real sweetie - I liked her very much. This photograph of me with her was taken at the hotel where she was staying." Mr Everest describes the festival, which reports say attracted a crowd of 600,000, as "pretty hectic."
"I was really a classical music man before I went to this, but by the second day I began to appreciate some of the music despite the fact it was making me deaf," said Mr Everest - who still only tunes in to classic music on his radio.
The photographs were first exhibited last year at an event on the Isle of Wight marking the 40th anniversary of the festival. Mr Everest, who retired to Swansea about 20 years ago, said when the free exhibition closes in the city at the end of this year he hopes it will tour other venues.