Thank You, Jimi, For the Influence
"This is from a series of photos Gered Mankowitz did with Jimi in 1967 at Mason's Yard in London. That series may be the most important pictures to me. I have a big, limited-edition print of that photo behind my desk. I look at it every day when I come in. There was nobody that looked like that when Jimi came on the scene, and there are not very many people who could pull that look off. He's wearing real military pieces in those photos. If you were to turn the pages in the book, you'd see Adam Ant wearing something almost identical. And we did an ad with Green Day and, in it, Billie Joe Armstrong was wearing an all-grey jacket done in linen, influenced by the one Jimi is wearing. That's my way of throwing my hat in there saying, 'Thank you, Jimi, for the influence.'"