Source: Classic Rock Magazine
Jimi Hendrix’s London home is finally to be opened to visitors after years of pleading from fans.
The guitar icon rented the Brook Street apartment for £30 a week in the late 1960s, and once described it as “the only home I ever had.” Since 2001 it’s been the office space for staff of the Handel House Museum – classical composer George Frederick Handel lived in another part of the same building in the 1750s.
Hendrix’s home was briefly opened to the public in 2010 and tickets were booked out almost immediately. Now a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.2m means museum staff can be moved out of the rooms and they’ll be redecorated to look the way they did in the 60s.
Lottery Fund boss Wesley Kerr tells the Guardian: “The Handel House Museum is one of the most precious and evocative places in London. To visit the beautifully restored home where one of history’s greatest composers lived, and invented some of the finest music ever written, is already pure joy.”
“The grant will make available to visitors the neighbouring flat where Jimi Hendrix – another extraordinary musical emigre from a more recent era – found inspiration and happiness, transcending musical boundaries in the heyday of rock’n’roll.”