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Exhibition at Hendrix's UK home

Published 17/05/2010 | 01:26

An orange velvet jacket formerly owned by Jimi Hendrix in late 1967
An orange velvet jacket formerly owned by Jimi Hendrix in late 1967

Jimi Hendrix fans will be able to explore the music legend's UK home when an exhibition opens to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death.

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Handwritten lyrics, clothing and other memorabilia will go on display for Hendrix In Britain, which will look at the American guitarist's life, career and legacy.

Hosted by the Handel House Museum at 25 Brook Street, London, the exhibition will also feature images and film clips to trace his rise to fame.

Composer George Frideric Handel lived and worked in the Mayfair townhouse for 36 years, writing music including Messiah at the property and dying there in 1759.

In 1968, Hendrix moved into a top floor flat next door at number 23 Brook Street with his English girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.

The Purple Haze star, who died on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27, rented the property for £30 a week and entertained many friends while living there.

Handel House Museum staff now use the flat as administrative offices and it has previously been open only for guided tours on one-off occasions.

But to mark the anniversary, the museum said staff would move out temporarily - taking office furniture with them - to allow visitors to tour the flat for a 12-day stretch during the exhibition.

Sarah Bardwell, director of Handel House Museum, said: "We are excited to be celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix.

"After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find."

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