Published On: Mon, May 17th, 2010

Hendrix Home Open To The Public

Fans of the Strat-burning genius can now visit his UK residence

An exhibition of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia including handwritten lyrics and clothing will go on display at his previous London home in Brook St., London, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death on 18 September 1970.

The ‘Hendrix In Britain‘ exhibition will be taking place at the Handel House Museum, for 12 days from 25th August and will be made up of memorabilia collected from rock museums and private collections. Although the top floor flat has since been used as offices for the
museum’s staff, they will be moving out to make way for the exhibition’s 12 day run.

Hendrix is not the first musical genius to have lived there, however. Composer George Frideric Handel also lived in the property for 36 years until he died in 1759. Jimi shared the apartment with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham for two years in 1968,
paying only 30 pounds a week.

Hendrix was fascinated by his flat’s connection with the great composer and bought Handel’s Messiah and The Water Music shortly after moving in. The museum’s director, Sarah Bardwell said,

“After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find.

“Clearly, he was intrigued by the connection and we’re pleased to be celebrating his own legacy today. We are delighted to be opening up the flat, which was a true home base to Hendrix during his seemingly endless schedule of touring in the UK and elsewhere.”

Handel House Museum, London,Hendrix in Britain 25 August – 7 November

See www.handelhouse.org for all the details

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