The Mayfair flat, at which Hendrix lived with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham in the late '60s, will become a permanent attraction next year.
A London property at which the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix lived in the late 1960s is to be opened to the public in early 2016, along with a neighbouring property once occupied by the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel.
‘Handel and Hendrix in London’ will open on February 10th next year, with tickets going on sale on November 2nd. The two properties have been restored as part of a £2.4 million project which lasted two years, with Hendrix’s bedroom on the top floor of 23 Brook Street previously being used an office by staff from the Handel House Trust. Now, it has been re-decorated to look as it would have done when the guitarist lived there from July 1968 to the end of 1969.
The London flat at which Hendrix resided from 1968-1969 will become an exhibition
Hendrix resided at the Mayfair property, at a cost of £30 per week, with his then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. When he moved in, he is known to have written: “this is the first real home of my own”. He moved out when they broke up, but continued to live in London until his death in September 1970 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates.
Handel, one of the greatest composers of the 18th century, lived at the adjacent property of 25 Brook Street for 36 years until his death in 1759. The two properties have since been knocked together.
Hendrix, who composed his famous cover version of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’ at the property, is believed to have been greatly inspired when he found out about the connection the flat had to Handel. He is thought to have purchased copies of the composer’s greatest works, even working in strains of ‘The Water Music’ into some of his latter-day music.
Alistair Stranack, the chairman of the Handel House Trust, said in a statement: “It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius. We hope that the opening of Jimi Hendrix’s flat will give people an added insight into the life and work of a figure whose actions have been examined no end since his death in 1970.”
“Our research into the building and Hendrix’s circle of friends and acquaintances has enabled us to present an image of what life was like in his time at Brook Street. While it has been a pleasure to have been working in Jimi’s bedroom for the past few years, it is even more pleasing to be able to throw it open to everybody else.”