Jimi Hendrix’s London home is to be opened to the public for the first time.
Hendrix lived in the Mayfair property for a year between 1968-69. Located at 23 Brook Street, next door to Handel House, the flat will house an exhibition to the late musician when it opens in February 2016.
The Brook Street home belonged to Hendrix’s then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. He moved away to Notting Hill area of London when they split. Fans will be able to view the top floor of the home with organisers having spent two years renovating it to its original form.
“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, said. “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.”
“While it has been a pleasure to have been working in Jimi’s bedroom for the past few years, it is even more pleasing to be able to throw it open to everybody else.”
Tickets for the exhibition will go on sale on November 2.
Earlier this year Jimi Hendrix‘s former producer says that the guitar legend would have helped pioneer rap music if he was alive today.
Eddie Kramer, who worked with Hendrix on his final album ‘Electric Ladyland’ in 1968, told BBC Radio 6 Music that he would have helped “pioneer” the genre had he not died in 1970. “This whole idea of street music would have definitely influenced him,” Kramer said. “Jimi was aware of everything that was going on, he was a musical sponge. The next step? Who knows… He may have even gotten into rap.”
Kramer added: “I think about this all the time. Not only would he have been a great record producer, but he would have had his own record company, a film company, a musical production company.”
“He would have been an enormous force – pretty much like Jay Z is today. He would have been king of the heap.”
Kramer was speaking ahead of the release of new documentary, Electric Church. Hendrix died in September 1970.