Jimi’s Lon­don gaff opens up

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Jim Car­roll

Jimi Hen­drix’s for­mer flat in Brook Street in May­fair, next door to the gaff which Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del called home, is now open to the pub­lic.

Your £7.50 en­try fee gets you into the room where the rock star slept, caroused and played al­bums by Bob Dy­lan, The Bea­tles, The Band and Ravi Shankar. There’s also two tele­phones, an ash­tray, pil­lows, cush­ions and other bits and pieces from the flat, which Hen­drix rented for £30 a week.

There’s a def­i­nite mar­ket for this kind of thing. It doesn’t even have to nec­es­sar­ily be the mu­si­cians’ own stuff ei­ther. Look at The Ra­mones’ mu­seum in Ber­lin, which largely con­sists of su­per-fan Flo Hayler’s col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia, ticket stubs, posters and the like.

But you can’t tell the story with just arte­facts and mem­o­ra­bilia. The mu­sic that was pro­duced and the cul­tural shifts sound­tracked tell a far more vivid and far-reach­ing tale – but that’s of­ten a hard tale to tell given re­sources.

This may be why the David Bowie Is ex­hi­bi­tion, cur­rently on show in Gronin­gen in the Nether­lands, has had such res­o­nance, even be­fore his death last month. Here’s an ex­hi­bi­tion that suc­ceeds in show­ing some of the im­por­tant pieces from the artist’s ca­reer, as well pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent out­line of how it all fits to­gether.

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