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Jimi Hendrix Museum to Open at Site of Late Guitarist's Former London Residence

Image courtesy of Sony Music (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Sony Music (via ABC News Radio)

A London flat where Jimi Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969 is set to be transformed into a museum honoring the late guitar legend thanks to a grant of 1.2 million pounds, just under $2 million, from the U.K.'s Heritage Lottery Fund .  Hendrix shared the attic apartment, which is located at 23 Brook Street in the city's Mayfair section, with his then-girlfriend Kathy Etchingham .

NME.com reports that, when finished, the attraction will display a variety of Hendrix memorabilia, as well as furniture dating from the time the rock icon lived in the space.  The museum also will offer music-education programs.  In 1998, the U.K.'s English Heritage association unveiled a commemorative blue plaque at the site, although fans rarely have been allowed inside apartment.

Since 2001, Hendrix's one-time residence has housed the administrative offices of the neighboring Handel House Museum honoring composer George Frideric Handel .  Jimi reportedly was aware that the 18th century composer had once resided in the next building over from him, and made a point to listen to the pieces Handel wrote while living there.

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