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Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London

Featuring lyrics, personal instruments, original photographs, outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage.

  1. From the flamboyant fashions on the street to the sounds that ushered in a new electric era in rock, Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London captures the musician's impact on England's most happening city during the swinging sixties. Get experienced with artifacts, instruments, and personal mementos from one of Seattle's favorite sons.

    Pictured: Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London 

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  2. Hendrix's show at the Saville Theatre in Westminster would be his last before leaving England to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. During his nine-month stay, Hendrix had taken the swinging London scene by storm. To mark his gratitude for the warm welcome he'd received in the UK, the wave of which would propel him into superstardom once back on American turf, Hendrix hand-painted his Stratocaster, lovingly inscribed a poem to it, and then smashed it to pieces.

    Pictured: Fragments from the guitar played by Hendrix at the Saville Theatre, June 4, 1967.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  3. Opened on King's Road in October of 1966, the boutique Dandie Fashions proved popular to rock's elite. Stars like Brian Jones, David Bowie, Roger Daltrey, and Jimi Hendrix coveted their silk frilled shirts, velvet suits, and colorful breasted jackets, and introduced the new style of dress to a public that had up till then favored a more conservative look.

    Pictured: Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  4. Never a fan of conformism, Jimi Hendrix was a pioneer of the "Peacock Revolution." The guitar icon favored brightly colored brocade, silk, and velvet items purchased from psychedelic dandified boutiques around London such as Dandie Fashions, Granny Takes a Trip, Hung on You, or Mr. Fish. This extreme form of menswear, complete with ruffles, feathers, and frills, butted up against the establishment and celebrated the swinging london look with unabashed adornment.

    Pictured: Jimi Hendrix jacket purchased from Dandie Fashions on 161 King’s Road in Spring of 1967.

    Photo courtesy of EMP staff.

  5. Considered one of the greatest drummers in rock ‘n’ roll history, The Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell inspired a rabid fan base of his own with his jazz-infused style of playing. Following his audition in October of 1966, Mitchell went on to drum on every released Hendrix single and all three albums produced up until 1969 when The Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up.

    Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, and Noel Redding, Paris, March 1967.

    Photograph by Alain Dister.
    Loan courtesy of Dee Mitchell.

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King of "Purple Haze" fame and widely considered the greatest guitarist in history, Jimi Hendrix wowed the swinging London scene for nine months—releasing three hit singles, a chart-topping debut album, and becoming the darling of the British music press—before returning home to dazzle audiences at the Monterey Pop Festival in California.

Featuring lyrics, personal instruments, original photographs, outrageous outfits, and rare concert footage, Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London celebrates the iconic musician's 70th birthday by inviting viewers to discover how Hendrix achieved prominence across the pond.

Artifact highlights include shards from Hendrix's hand-painted guitar smashed at the conclusion of his famous performance at London’s Saville Theatre on June 4, 1967; drummer Mitch Mitchell’s silver sparkle Ludwig set played during the Electric Ladyland era; and custom tailored jackets by Dandie Fashions, an enterprise that the Beatles later transformed into Apple Tailoring.

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EMP would like to thank Raynier Institute & Foundation's No Wasted Notes for its generous support of Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London.

EMP would like to thank Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. for its generous support of Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London:

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