Between 1968 and 1969, legendary guitar player and singer Jimi Hendrix lived at 23 Brook St. in Mayfair, London. Come 2016, that house will become open to the public as a permanent exhibition of his life at the time.
After a nearly $5 million renovation since 2013 the late rock star’s flat has been remodeled to look like it did back when he lived there in the late ’60s. At the time he was living with his then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, who found an ad for the apartment in a local newspaper. That area became a hotbed for music culture he helped form during that time period, with venues like The Marquee, the Speakeasy and The Scotch of St James nearby.
The house will showcase some of Hendrix’s old furnishing and possessions; including some of his old guitars. Up until recently, his flat had been home to the offices of The Handel House Trust, a company that also showcases the flat next door, which was happens to be previously owned by famed musical composer George Frideric Handel.
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Alistair Stranack,the chairman of the Handel House Trust, said “It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius. 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.”
The space will also provide educational classes and music classes on the baroque and rock periods. Tickets go on sale November 2nd, according to NME.