As it’s #LookBackWednesday let’s put down our coffee, take our fingers off our keyboards and fill our minds with Jimi Hendrix. The rock and roll/blues guitarist who indelibly engraved his signature on music in a career that spanned just seven years. Though he was born and raised in Seattle and cut his teeth musically in Tennessee, it was while in London that Jimi got his break as a solo artist.
It was after his arrival in the UK in September 1966 that Jimmy became Jimi and his band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was born. ‘Purple Haze’, ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and other hits were recorded at De Lane Lea, Olympic and CBS studios in London. Jimi also found love on that side of the pond; he hooked up with Kathy Etchingham who was his girlfriend over two and a half years. It was her who located the apartment they shared in 23 Brook Street in the swanky Mayfair neighborhood.
Jimi Hendrix aficionados will be glad to hear that from February 10 they will be able to visit the newly restored apartment. The flat has been remade by the Handel House Trust to be as close to how it looked when Hendrix and his then boo shared it in the late sixties. Pilgrims will feel like they’ve traveled back in time as they wander through the rooms. Inside they will find a couple of interesting artifacts to drool over including the acoustic guitar the rock god used while composing the songs from his ‘Electric Ladyland’ album.
If you would like to make a trip to what Jimi called his “first real home of my own”, book your ticket here.
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