Hendrix at Home

Discovering Hendrix at Handel & Hendrix in London

Post 42: Rumours and misinformation

Aly Mir giving a Hendrix tour at Handel House

Aly Mir giving a Hendrix tour at Handel House

It is very easy for incorrect facts and wrong stories to develop. An interesting one was a story in the Evening Standard this week about blue plaques. As you will see the story itself wasn’t about Hendrix but of course it opened with reference to our most famous pairing.


A wonderful friend to Handel House Aly Mir, who does brilliant walking tours around London as well as Hendrix tours here at the museum, wrote in to correct the article. He explained that The Wind Cries Mary couldn’t have been written in the flat as it was released about 18 months before Jimi moved to Brook Street. Aly is extremely conscientious and took the time to send a correction, and to their credit the Standard did publish it. But had he not it could all too easily become urban myth.

Someone the other day pronounced to me, as a matter of fact, that Hendrix died of a heroin overdose. Of course he didn’t, whilst the exact cause of death is a bit murky it definitely wasn’t anything to do with heroin. I am constantly correcting the fact that he did not die here at Brook Street. But these supposed facts just fly around unchecked. Hopefully our small homage to Hendrix will manage to set some of these myths straight.

Check out information about Aly’s tours here.



Enthusiasm level: Getting fussy
Progress: the fact police
Quote: “No he definitely died in 1971….”


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.

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 19 June 2014 by in Flat 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: