Jimi Hendrix's London apartment to open to public

Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:16pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Jimi Hendrix's central London home will open to the public next month to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death.

For 12 days only, Hendrix fans can tour the Mayfair apartment where he wrote, played and entertained.

The opening of the top-floor flat will be part of a wider "Hendrix in Britain" exhibition at the Handel House Museum, which includes a bright orange jacket and wide-brimmed hat worn by Hendrix in performance, and Hendrix's scrawled directions to the Isle of Wight Festival.

"We are delighted to be opening up the flat which was a true home base to Hendrix during his seemingly endless schedule of touring in the UK and elsewhere," said museum director Sarah Bardwell in a statement.

The rock star, who died in September 1970 at the age of 27, rented the property for 30 pounds ($46) a week with his English girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

No. 23 Brook Street, now one property with No. 25, was previously occupied by composer George Handel, who wrote the Messiah whilst living there.

"Hendrix in Britain" is on until November 7 and the flat is open from September 15 to 26. Details from HandelHouse.org

(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Steve Addison)