Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970

Travel alongside the legendary Jimi Hendrix at the height of his fame.

  1. During his time as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix travelled in style, always flying first class. He used this satchel, from the Royal Ambassador first class service on Trans World Airlines, to store some of his personal effects and toiletries.Material included in the satchel paint a picture of Hendrix abroad: typical items such as baby lotion, razors, aspirin, hair brushes; but also some intriguing items, like a matchbook from the Nagasako Super Market in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii (where Hendrix played on July 30, 1970).

    Photo courtesy EMP staff.

  2. A million-dollar, state-of-the-art recording facility when it opened on August 26, 1970, Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios was a musician’s dream. Despite this, Hendrix used it only a handful of times, between June 15 and August 26, before his untimely death. Hendrix’s intentions for the studio have lived on, however, in the many bands and hit records that have since recorded there.

    Photo by Fred McDarragh. 

  3. After his release from the military in 1962, Hendrix played with R&B groups in the Nashville area and was soon traveling across America, playing guitar for the Isley Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, and Little Richard. By the summer of 1965, Hendrix landed in New York City, where he performed at clubs in Greenwich Village. There he connected with Chas Chandler, former bass player of the Animals, who in September 1966 convinced Hendrix to move to London. Within a few months, Hendrix was the star we know today.

    Photo courtesy EMP staff.

At the height of his fame, Jimi Hendrix performed more than 500 times in 15 countries and recorded 130 songs in 16 studios. He was a musical nomad, his life an endless series of venues, recording sessions, flights, and hotels.

From his arrival in London to his untimely death on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was rarely in one place for more than a month. Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 offers a contemplative look at the period of Hendrix’s life spent on the road as he catapulted to fame.

Discover the shy genius of Hendrix through an immersive gallery soundtrack featuring rare Hendrix interview clips; Hendrix’s only passport, issued on the day he left for London on September 23, 1966; his diary, where he recounts friends, shows, and experiences from the road; an Electric Lady mixing console from the personal recording studio he used during the last weeks of his life; and other original artifacts, artwork, and photographs.

From writing lyrics on hotel and airline stationary to recording in studios across North America and Europe, experience how Hendrix drew inspiration from his itinerant lifestyle and made his home among the roar of the crowd and the electric embrace of his guitar.

Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 is included with museum admission and is free for EMP Museum members.

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