Fans can now get peek at Jimi Hendrix’s bedroom



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Jimi Hendrix’s London flat – where he lived for a year between 1968-69 – is opening to the public after two years of renovations. The flat is part of the Handel & Hendrix museum in London – a space that’s made up of two residences: Handel’s house at 25 Brook Street and Hendrix’s flat at the top floor of 23 Brook Street. Handel House has been open to the public since November 2001 and Hendrix’s flat was formerly the administrative office for staff.

“It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius,” chairman of the Handel House Trust, Alistair Stranack, told NME. “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.”

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The main room of the flat has been restored. That’s where Hendrix lived, entertained friends, rehearsed and wrote new music, and gave numerous press and media interviews. A permanent exhibition introduces Hendrix’s place in the musical and social world of 1960s London, his influences and his legacy. The room opens Wednesday 10 February 2016.

The museum site talks about the flat’s history:

The flat on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street was found by Jimi’s girlfriend Kathy Etchingham from an advert in one of the London evening newspapers in June 1968 while he was in New York. He moved in briefly in July before returning to the United States for an extensive tour. He spent some time decorating the flat to his own taste, including purchasing curtains and cushions from the nearby John Lewis department store, as well as ornaments and knickknacks from Portobello Road market and elsewhere. He told Kathy that this was ‘my first real home of my own’.

He returned to Brook Street in January 1969 and almost immediately launched into an exhaustive series of press and media interviews and photo shoots in the flat. On 4 January he made his infamous appearance on the BBC Happening for Lulu TV show, and gave his two Royal Albert Hall concerts in February. In March he was back in New York again and although Kathy remained at Brook Street for a while longer Jimi did not live there again.

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