London’s Handel museum celebrates its onetime neighbor, Jimi Hendrix

Posted on: August 25, 2010

In Tuesday’s (8/24) Guardian (London), Mark Brown writes, “Not only is it a smart address—Brook Street, Mayfair—but for Jimi Hendrix it was extremely convenient for the cat-about-town fashion shops of Carnaby Street, the sleazy bars of Soho and, just as importantly, John Lewis. The reassuring revelation that Hendrix shopped at John Lewis was made at the launch today of an exhibition at London’s Handel House Museum marking the 40th anniversary of Hendrix’s death. Composer George Frideric Handel lived and died in 25 Brook Street while, 200 years later, Hendrix lived and died next door in number 23, now used as administrative offices for the museum. The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow and includes some fascinating Hendrix memorabilia such as his 1968 work permit, an elaborately sketched self-portrait and programmes from gigs at whose line-ups you can only marvel. … Hendrix moved into the flat with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham in July 1968, renting it for £30 a week, and fell into a life of domesticity he clearly enjoyed. … Hendrix died on 18 September 1970 aged 27 and, as part of the 40th anniversary events, the museum plans to move out its administrative staff for 11 days in September so the public can see the flat for themselves.”

Posted August 25, 2010