Hendrix exhibition at his old London home

Musicroom August 25, 2010 0
The Best Of Jimi Hendrix

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An unassuming corner of Brook Street, Mayfair, is being turned into a prime location for music enthusiasts around the world for an eleven day period.

Jimi Hendrix fans are being given the opportunity to take a look around the legendary guitarists two-storey flat where he lived for around a year from 1968 to 1969.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to walk through the entire site including his old kitchen, bedroom and guest room.

The display has been made possible thanks to the curators of the Handel House museum, which is dedicated to 18th century composer George Frideric Handel, located next door.

Handel House is also putting on an exhibition dedicated to Hendrix, displaying artefacts from his life in London. These include a cartoon self-portrait of the rocker, a velvet jacket once worn onstage, gig posters, handwritten lyrics and a custom-made left handed guitar.

Hendrix’s Flying V guitar is the one on which he performed some of his most incendiary tunes at the Isle Of Wight in 1970, less than three weeks before he died.

Learn To Play Jimi Hendrix

Learn To Play Jimi Hendrix

In addition to the tour and exhibition, the Museum will also host a series of special events as an accompaniment. These will include guitar workshops exploring Hendrix guitar effects, his particular use of amps and tips for playing guitar like Hendrix.

Sarah Bardwell, director of Handel House Museum, has said:

“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.”

If you can’t make it down to London though, you can go on the BBC’s virtual tour of 23 Brook Street by clicking here.