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Restored Jimi Hendrix flat opens to public

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:55

Rock legend Jimi Hendrix's London home restored for visitors in London. Rough cut (No reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The London flat where Jimi Hendrix lived more than 45 years ago has opened to the public, restored to look just how the guitar rock icon used it. Hendrix moved into the apartment on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street - next door to the house where composer George Frideric Handel lived in centuries earlier - in July 1968 after his then girlfriend Kathy Etchingham saw it advertised in a newspaper. Hendrix, who also wrote music, rehearsed and gave interviews there, is said to have told Etchingham the flat was his "first real home of my own" and decorated it himself with colourful curtains, cushions and plenty of ornaments. "Well, it's quite strange... 45 years on to be sitting in the same room you were sitting in when you were 22-years-old but it's very much as it was," Etchingham told Reuters during a visit to the flat. "I don't feel emotional about it, I just feel... it's a job well done and it's something that people wouldn't normally have got to see, they can now see it... For me, this is like stepping back 45 years or more." The apartment, in London's upmarket Mayfair neighbourhood, has undergone a two-year, 2.4 million pound ($3.47 million) restoration and has now been combined as part of the "Handel & Hendrix in London" heritage site celebrating the two musical figures.

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Restored Jimi Hendrix flat opens to public

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:55