Hendrix at Home

Discovering Hendrix at Handel & Hendrix in London

Post 29: What would Jimi and George have thought?

My colleague Ella sent me this interesting link the other day about Led Zeppelin who are about to unveil two previously unreleased albums of music. Apparently Jimmy Page has said he doesn’t want someone else to do it after he dies.


It started me thinking about what Hendrix would have thought of that and, more saliently for us, what he would have thought of our little museum re-creating the room where he lived. For that matter would Handel have minded his whole house being over run with interested visitors?

Having mulled this over for a few days I have formed the opinion that on balance they would have enjoyed the fact that through their erstwhile living quarters their music was continuing to be introduced and enjoyed by more people. Both of them were showman and loved being in the limelight moreover I imagine they were keen to share their music. I am sure they valued private time but I don’t get the impression that they would have minded visitors popping around, indeed I think people frequently did.

Finally complaints of blog formatting have reached me, apparently you want to get right down into it and don’t particularly care whether I am enthused or not. So I have relocated my sound bites to the end of the blog and at least you can more easily avoid my trite-ness if necessary!

Enthusiasm level: Thoughtful
Progress: Thinking through the consequences
Quote: “Like you are ever going say you are unenthused…”


About Sarah Bardwell

Handel & Hendrix in London Trustee and leading the team that is reinstating, in the adjoining building, Jimi Hendrix's London flat to open to the public. Quirky twist of chance meant that baroque legend Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in the 18th century and that rock legend Hendrix lived next door in the 1960s.

2 comments on “Post 29: What would Jimi and George have thought?

  1. nitrogenfootprint
    24 April 2014

    Any unreleased Hendrix material was systematically gone through and released after his death in a process that could only be described in the end as barrel scraping. As the stock of finished or nearly finished recordings and barely started outtakes and demos dried up ‘they’ resorted to linking up snippets of guitar playing using other guitarists to bridge the gap. I think Jimi would have been horrified at some of the stuff that got out which he never intended to see the light of day. ‘They’ ripped him off when he was alive and shamelessly carried on after he died. I can see where Jimmy Page is coming from.

    On the other hand, I think Hendrix would love what you’re doing with his flat. From what I’ve read he always had plenty of guests round. Long may that continue!

    Best regards

  2. Liam Browne
    25 April 2014

    Jimi was quoted as once saying “when i die just keep playing the music”
    So i doubt he’d have minded

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on 24 April 2014 by in Home and tagged , , , .

Heritage Lottery Fund Project

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,429 other followers

Blogs We Follow

The Great Wen

A London blog

The Rambler

Modern composition. Blogging the music that others won't tell you about.

S. Paul's Deptford

Church Development Project

the Exhibitionologist

[ek-suh-bish-uhn-ol-uh-jist] -noun: Person who studies and reviews exhibitions, then blogs about them.

Persistent Enlightenment

Notes on the Enlightenment as Historical Period and Continuing Project

Pegs and 'Tails

Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture &c.

The Long Eighteenth

For anyone interested in the long 18th century

Global Art Junkie

A curated serving of the visual arts

Science Museum Blog

Discovering Hendrix at Handel & Hendrix in London

%d bloggers like this: