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Jimi's Flat in Brook Street February 18, 2008 3:05 PM

The Handel House
23 Brook Street, London W1

Jimi Hendrix lived at 23 Brook Street, W1 from 1968-69 at the peak of his tragically short career. Upon learning that the composer Handel had lived next door at 25 Brook Street 250 years beforehand, he went to a local record shop and bought some works including Messiah and the Water Music.

For Hendrix, Brook Street was the doorstep to the London music scene of the late 60s. His flat was a short stroll from legendary venues like the Marquee, the Speakeasy and the Saville, and he would spend many evenings wandering from club to club looking for a chance to play. On 14 September 1997, 23 Brook Street was chosen for an English Heritage Blue Plaque commemorating his life and work. Since November 2001, the upper floors of 23 Brook Street including Hendrix's flat, have been part of the Handel House Museum.

The exhibition is curated by author, critic and broadcaster, Keith Shadwick to coincide with the publication of his penetrating and fully illustrated book Jimi Hendrix: Musician by Backbeat Books (November 2003).

Museum Director, Jacqueline Riding says ‘Jimi Hendrix is an important part of the history of the Handel House Museum. This exhibition and associated events, reflects our on-going commitment to celebrate the Museum’s other famous occupant.’

Notes to editors:

  • The Museum will be running a series of special events including Jazz and Blues performances in Handel’s Rehearsal Room.
  • Copies of Jimi Hendrix: Musician are available from Backbeat Books. For further information, please contact Mark Brend or John Ryall on 020 7720 3581 or email or
  • Exhibition price (including free admission to the Museum) is £5, conc £4, children £2.
  • The Handel House Museum and Hendrix Exhibition are open Tues-Sat 10am-6pm (with late night Thursday until 8pm); Sun 12pm-6pm. Closed on Mondays, 23-26 Dec, 30 Dec-1 Jan.
    For further information and images, please email

For further information and images, please email

Largely due to Kathy's efforts and in recognition of Jmi's residence here, 23 Brook Street, London W1 was awarded a Blue Plaque by English Heritage in 1988

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 February 18, 2008 3:09 PM

Jimi and Kathy Etchingham pictured here inside Kathy's flat at 23 Brook Street, London Kathy Etchingham was Jimi's long-time English girlfriend. He lived here with here on and off between 1968-69. Jimi's schwarze Gibson Flying V in Londoner Hard Rock Cafe Jimis weiße Gibson SG, ebenfalls im Londoner Hard Rock Cafe ausgestellt  [ send green star]
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