Today marks the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death and to commemorate his life Handel House Museum is presenting a new exhibition – Hendrix in Britian. The exhibition will take place in the rock legend’s former home on 23 Brook Street in London, which is now the administrative office of the Handel House Museum.
Hendrix’s former home is the perfect venue for this exhibition, as it ignites memories of his rise to fame and the lasting impact he made on rock music. In this home Hendrix entertained many friends and musicians such as Keith Richard and Keith Moon.
The exhibit will showcase Hendrix’s meteoric rise to fame yet the lasting legacy he left behind. Hendrix in Britian will pay homage to this famed musicians life by recounting small yet significant memories. Attendees will set their eyes and ears on rare exhibits, music, handwritten lyrics, images, clothing distinctive to the famed artist, doodled self portraits as well as scrawled directions to the Isle of Wight Festival where he performed in August 1970 just one month prior to his death. Featured on a map will be significant Hendrix-related sites including the venues he entertained his fans at. His legacy will be explored in detail with interviews and personal recollections by the songwriters and guitarists he inspired.
Handel House takes the exhibition a step further by hosting a series of Hendrix-themed events including guitar workshops and a Hendrix walking tour on September 12. The walking tour will explore nine reminiscent sites around Soho and Oxford Street where Hendrix performed – the Speakeasy, the Bag O’Nails, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (where Hendrix’s last performance was held) and more.
There is talk of a permanent Hendrix exhibition but nothing is for sure yet.
The exhibition takes place in Britian at Handel House from August 25 to November 7.
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