Woodstock and Beyond
4:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Like Living in Your Imagination: Hendrix's Coat Evokes 1960s Memories

This is the story of a special coat that currently resides in the Northwoods.  

Ray Quicksilver, sporting the coat given to him by Jimi Hendrix.
Ray Quicksilver, sporting the coat given to him by Jimi Hendrix.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

It’s a long burgundy, double-breasted coat once worn by both John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.  It’s now owned by Rhinelander resident Ray Quicksilver.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Quicksilver to hear how Hendrix came to give him the coat.  It all started when Quicksilver’s father sent him to live with a relative in California…which landed him right in the middle of the countercultural movement of the 1960s.    

Ray Quicksilver is giving a talk on the coat Monday at the Rhinelander library.  It will also appear in a fashion show at the end of the month.