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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Jimi Hendrix's London flat opens as a museum


Jimi Hendrix's London home is to open as a permanent museum for the public to visit on 10 February 2016.
The flat at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair, has undergone a £2.4m restoration with the help of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donors.
Hendrix bought the third-floor flat in 1968 at a time when he was considering the next phase of his career. That summer he released his Electric Ladyland LP.
Tickets will go on sale on 2 November.
The flat is next door to the former home of the German-born composer George Frideric Handel, who lived at 25 Brook Street for 26 years and wrote many of his greatest works there, including the Messiah.
Both homes are owned by the Handel House Trust, which has been using the Hendrix flat as an office, only opening it occasionally to the public.
At the heart of the Hendrix flat will be the main living room, restored to how it would have been when Hendrix lived there.
Among the exhibits are previously unseen or rarely seen images of Hendrix taken at the flat and in the local area.
The museum will also include a new state-of-the-art studio to be used for teaching and as a concert venue.
Living at 23 Brook Street fuelled Hendrix's creativity and led to many hours of writing and countless jam sessions with visiting musicians.
He became fascinated by the fact that Handel had lived so close and went on to buy many records of the composer's works, the most notable of which is a copy of the Messiah performed by the English Chamber Orchestra.
This is now housed at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington, along with a large section of Hendrix's record collection.
Hendrix shared the Brook Street flat with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and Hendrix referred to it as "the first real home of my own".
The couple lived there, in-between trips abroad, for around a year.