Monthly Archives: January 2019

Handel and Hendrix

A wall and 200 years. Baroque and blues. That’s all that separates two musical geniuses on a single street in London. In the heart of the West End is where you’ll find Brook Street and the homes of Handel and Hendrix. Baroque composer Handel moved into what is now 25 Brook Street in 1723, a convenient location for his official duties at St. James’s Palace and his opera career at Haymarket. At 23 Brook Street, rock, blues, jazz and soul legend Jimi Hendrix enjoyed what he called his first real home, a flat purchased in 1968 by his girlfriend. The museum boasts a fine collection of Handel’s books, scores and manuscripts, and a permanent exhibition introduces Hendrix’s place in the musical and social world of 1960s London.

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