17th September 2010
By Nigel Vincent
It was 40 years ago this weekend that guitar legend Jimi Hendrix left
earth for a psychedelic super gig in the sky.
His untimely death, in a Notting Hill flat, sent shock waves around
the world. Hendrix was one of the most influential rock musicians of
the time and is still considered to be the greatest electric
guitarist in the history of rock music.
But the king of feedback, who once set light to his Fender guitar
during a gig at the London Astoria in 1967, may be gone but he is not
And to commemorate the anniversary of his death, London's The
Cumberland hotel, Hendrix's last known address, is unveiling a
Hendrix suite, designed to pay homage to the rock star's trademark
Hendrix was a regular visitor to the hotel, just off Park Lane and
next to Marble Arch tube station, during his frequent trips to London
and held a fifth floor suite there during September 1970, shortly
before he died. His last known interview was with former NME
journalist Keith Altham at the hotel, and Altham has since taken an
active role in creating the suite to honour Hendrix.
Watch video footage of the suite including an interview with Altham
about his knowledge of Hendrix and clips from Hendrix's last known interview.
Conceived by interior designer, Mary Gannon, the Hendrix Suite
includes statement lighting, flamboyant colours and psychedelic
stylised patterns, as well as authentic fabrics covered in vintage
fairs from specialist collectors.
One wall displays framed originals of NME covers from the 1960s
featuring Hendrix, while its centrepiece is a flaming three-metre
Hendrix mural by renowned graphic designer Andie Airfix, whose
previous works include designs for Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones
and Led Zeppelin.
The Hendrix Suite will be available to guests from September 20 but
you can have a nosey this weekend. Contact The Cumberland Hotel for