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article imageJimi Hendrix's London flat to be turned into a permanent museum

By Kev Hedges     Dec 31, 2013 in Entertainment
London - Jimi Hendrix's former London flat is to be turned into a permanent museum following a £1.2m ($2m) grant to recreate the former flat on London's Brook Street.
The Heritage Lottery Fund will finance restoration of the former flat which is currently used as office space by staff at the Handel House Museum. Hendrix, and his then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, moved in to the Georgian town house attic in the summer of 1968. It was around the same time as he was releasing his most successful double album Electric Ladyland.
Hendrix paid rent of just £30 ($50) per week , and Hendrix later said that the Brook Street flat was the "only home he ever had." The same Georgian home also hosted another famous resident during the 18th century, the classical composer George Frideric Handel lived next door at number 25 and his blue plaque is on the wall of the residence, as is Jimi Hendrix's.
23 Brook Street  London. Former flat of rock legend Jimi Hendrix
23 Brook Street, London. Former flat of rock legend Jimi Hendrix
Fans have been pleading for years to get a glimpse into the London flat where Hendrix spent some of his final years. In 1969 he travelled over to the United States to perform in the legendary Woodstock Festival and then back to Britain in 1970 to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival. Hendrix died of asphyxia, at the age of 27, in September 1970 after taking an overdose of barbiturates.
The grant will now make the flat a shrine to Hendrix and his material, while right next door music lovers can visit the Handel House Museum, which opened in 2001. Although Hendrix spent most of his final years touring, he had made the London flat his only real home, reports The Guardian.
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