Gered Mankowitz, Jimi Hendrix "Smoking" taken in early 1967 in Gered's Masons Yard studio in London, © Bowstir Ltd
Until recently, Jimi Hendrix's old flat in London was being used as an office by Handel House Trust, but the group just refurbished the space to the tune of $3.7 million. Hendrix bought the apartment in 1968, just before releasing the Electric Ladyland LP. In 2016, visitors will be able to hang in a near identical living room to the one he shared with his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and what Hendrix called "the first real home of my own." Exhibits will include pictures of Hendrix in the flat and the surrounding area, a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace, and Etchingham's interior decor.
The flat is on the third floor of 23 Brook Street, the same address George Frideric Handel lived at for 26 years in the mid 18th century. The Handel House Trust has promoted knowledge and learning about Handel for years, and the Hendrix Museum carries on that legacy for the psychedelic rock icon.
"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," Chairman of the trust, Alistair Stranack says. You can follow the process of transforming the flat form a soul-sucking office into the hotbed of creativity that spawned "Voodoo Chile."
Tickets for the Hendrix Museum go on sale November 2, and the building will open its doors in February 2016. Learn more about the Hendrix Museum on the Handel House Trust website.