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Doug Self Photo, Galerie La Kasbah, Essaouira, Morocco, April 2001.

There is a story that goes around Essaouira, Morocco, about how the ruins of former forts and castles on the beach were the inspiration for Jimi Hendrix’s famous song “Castles in the Sand.” What I recall, mostly, about my visit, was the preponderance of Western hippy youth walking around the village 'huffing' something from paper bags.

Doug Self Photo - Essaouira, Morocco, April 2001


Lawd, lawd! Humble Pie, 'Black Coffee', recently played on my iPod - randomly out of 16,000 songs - on my drive home from work last night. I haven't heard this song in ages, but my memory was instantly fetched back to the 1970's, when I first heard it, and it was one of my favorite songs. I was then, and am now, astonished by the powerful, soulful vocals of Steve Marriott. Here is a brilliant live video performance of this classic song, from 1973.