Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London at The Hospital Club Gallery: 27 July – 31 August 2012
Summer 2012 sees the arrival of a magical new exhibition in London, to celebrate what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday. Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London, presented by Seattle’s EMP Museum, will run at in The Hospital Club’s iconic gallery space from 27 July – 31 August 2012.
Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London focuses on Hendrix’s quick rise to prominence in the London music scene, from his arrival in the UK on September 24, 1966 to his brief return to America to play at the Monterey International Pop Festival on June 18, 1967. In less than nine months, Hendrix had transitioned from unknown guitar-slinger to darling of the British music press, and was poised on the edge of superstardom.
The exhibition will include over 100 artifacts, some of which have never been exhibited before. They include such gems as Jimi’s original blues records, photographs, fan letters, as well as iconic items of his clothing such as his “Westerner” hat (which he wore frequently in 1967 – 1968 and is wearing on the cover of his 1968 Smash Hits album). Further exhibition videos will incorporate many oral history interviews with myriad musicians and people related to Hendrix’s story, such as Jeff Beck, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, Al Hendrix, Charles Shaar Murray, Ravi Shankar and Joey Ramone.
The exhibit comes through collaboration of two projects from philanthropist and investor Paul G. Allen. EMP was founded by Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, in his hometown of Seattle in 2000. It is an acclaimed, interactive museum of music, pop culture and science fiction. Allen opened The Hospital Club in 2002 as a new professional and social hub for people working in the creative arts.