Jonathan Stone for Art-Sheep
Images by Petra Niemeier
One of our favorite music connections is Jimi Hendrix’ friendship with the Beatles.
The musician became friends with members of the band, when he sublet Ringo Starr’s apartment at 34 Montagu Square, in Marylebone, London, in 1966. This apartment is now a part of music history, as music icons have stayed and great songs have been written there.
Ringo Starr, the Beatles’ drummer, leased the ground-floor and basement apartment in the mid-1960s. The band used it as a hideaway, with Paul McCartney creating several demos there in 1965 -including “I’m Looking Through You” from the album Revolver .
Hendrix moved in this apartment in December 1966, with his girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, his manager, Chas Chandler, and his girlfriend, Lotta Null. In the following months, he released his famous “Purple Haze” and played at the Monterey Pop Festival -after Paul McCartney recommended him. This important period of his music career was connected to his life at 34 Montagu Square, as he wrote several songs during his stay there.
Unfortunately, Ringo was probably not a fan of Jimi’s mischief, as in 1967 he evicted him for splashing the walls of the apartment with whitewash, while on an acid trip. After that Jimi, John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed at the apartment for three months in 1968, while the cover of their album Two Virgins is a photo that was taken at that apartment.
Check out the images below from Jimi Hendrix’ life at 34 Montagu Square.