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Jimi Hendrix's London home opens for exhibition

Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix: 'intrigued' by the property's Handel connection

Jimi Hendrix's central London home is to open up to the public to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death.

Handwritten lyrics, clothing and other memorabilia will go on display for the Hendrix in Britain exhibition.

It will be hosted by the Handel House Museum at 25 Brook Street, in Mayfair, in September.

Hendrix lived at 23 Brook Street in 1968, now one property with number 25, where composer George Handel lived for 36 years until he died in 1759.

Hendrix moved into a top floor flat with his English girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

The rock star, who died on 18 September 1970 at the age of 27, rented the property for £30 a week.

Moving out

Handel House Museum staff now use the flat as administrative offices and it has previously been open only for guided tours on one-off occasions.

But to mark the anniversary, the museum said staff would move out temporarily - taking office furniture with them - to allow visitors to tour the flat for 12 days during the exhibition.

Sarah Bardwell, director of Handel House Museum, said: "We are excited to be celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix.

"After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find.

"Clearly he was intrigued by the connection and we're pleased to be celebrating his own legacy today."

Hendrix in Britain will run at Handel House Museum from 25 August to 7 November.

Tickets for the September 15-26 opening of the Hendrix flat cost £8 and can be booked from 1 June

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