Aside from his musical contribution and spawning a genre of rock ‘n’ funk, Jimi Hendrix was a visionary activist. Promoting peace, power, and passion, Hendrix spent his life and legacy in much of the U.S. before creating and leaving behind a foundation in London. And now that same London flat where Hendrix slept, entertained and played records, is about to open to the public.
The guitar legend moved into 23 Brook Street in 1968, and more than 45 years later, the bedroom/living room of the home has been recreated down to Hendrix’s two telephones on the floor and the scallop shell ashtray on the bedside table. Hendrix’s then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, is the main adviser of the upcoming museum and when showed the almost complete exhibit said, “All wrong, far too untidy.”
After his years in the army, Hendrix was obsessively clean and organized, she recalled. From the perfectly draped happyish canopy fabrics to the squared up pillows and cushions, Hendrix took pride in upholding a clear and open space.
The Hendrix museum, now tided, dusted and opening on Wednesday February 10, neighbours the former London home of George Frideric Handel. Both are the only homes of Hendrix and Handel that still exist.
Admission to the museum is $8.50 USD and will also highlight some personal items of Hendrix including his personal vinyl collection, including a copy of Bob Dylan's 'Highway 61 Revisited' that is stained with Hendrix’s blood. More details about the Hendrix Museum can be found on their official site here.