The Hendrix Flat
23 Brook Street
London W1K 4HB
TfL Fare Zone 1
The ‘Handel and Hendrix in London’ official website describes the recently restored Jimmi Hendrix flat thus:
“Hendrix Flat occupies the upper floor of 23 Brook Street, in which Jimi Hendrix lived from July 1968 to March 1969. The main room of the flat where he lived, entertained friends, rehearsed and wrote new music, and gave numerous press and media interviews has been restored. A permanent exhibition introduces Hendrix’s place in the musical and social world of 1960s London, his influences and his legacy.”
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (1942-1970)
Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is considered one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century and ‘arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music’.
He started playing the guitar aged 15 and after a short stint in the Army, took up playing music full time in backing bands.
Brought to London by manager Chas Chandler in September 1966, Jimi Hendrix quickly established a reputation as a spectacular live performer, based on an intensive period of playing in London clubs, as well as venues across the UK, often delivering more than one set per night.
His first two single releases Joe (December 1966) and Purple Haze (March 1967) achieved great success. Fame came with thee reputation established by his UK shows couple with his first album the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (May 1967). By the time he returned to play shows in the USA, only nine months after he had arrived in London, he was already a European star.
After spending much of 1968 recording and touring in the USA, Hendrix returned to London, moving into the upstairs flat in 23 Brook Street which his then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham had rented for them that summer.
He achieved fame in the US after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.His third and final studio album, Electric Ladyland (1968), reached number one in the USA. It was Hendrix's most commercially successful release and his first and only number one album.
The world's highest-paid performer, he headlined the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 before his accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.
Kathy Etchingham found the flat in an advert in one of the London evening newspapers in June 1968 while Jimmi was in New York. He moved in briefly in July before returning to the United States for an extensive tour.
For Hendrix, Brook Street was the doorstep to the London music scene of the late 60s. He returned to Brook Street in January 1969 and spent the next three months writing new songs, preparing for his February concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and and using the flat as his base.
Almost immediately he launched into an exhaustive series of press and media interviews and photo shoots in the flat.
He spent some time decorating the flat to his own taste, including purchasing curtains and cushions from the nearby John Lewis department store, as well as ornaments and knickknacks from Portobello Road market and elsewhere. He told Kathy that’ this is ‘my first real home of my own’.
The flat was a short stroll from legendary venues like the Marquee, the Speakeasy and The Scotch of St James and he would spend many evenings wandering from club to club looking for a chance to play.
On learning that Handel used to live next door Hendrix went with Kathy to the One Stop Record Shop in South Molton Street and bought some classical albums – including Handel’s Messiah and Water Music.
On 4 January Hendrix was banned from BBC TV after making his infamous appearance on the Happening for Lulu show, and gave his two Royal Albert Hall concerts in February. In March he was back in New York again and although Kathy remained at Brook Street for a while longer Jimi did not live there again.
Handel House opened in November 2001 and the Hendrix Flat is opened in 2016.
On 14 September 1997, 23 Brook Street was chosen for an English Heritage Blue Plaque commemorating Jimmi’s life and work. It is the only officially recognised Hendrix residence in the world.
The propertiy is open every day from 11:00 – 18:00 hours except Sunday when it opens at noon. Last admissions are 1 hour before closing. For detailed information go to Web: Handel & Hendrix in London/ opening times
Due to the smallness of the Hendrix Flat this property operates a ticket system. To avoid disappointment visitors should book online to obtain a booked ticket. For ticket options visit Web: Handel & Hendrix in London/ Book your Ticket
The adjacent Handel House Museum can be visited on a combined ticket. To find out more, visit the the above Ticket booking weblink.
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