Exhibition: Hendrix at the Handel House

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on August 30, 2010

Press release (PDF) from the Handel Museum:

Hendrix in Britain
Handel House Museum, London, 25 August — 7 November 2010 (flat visits from 15-26 September)

Jimi Hendrix at his flat at 23 Brook Street, ©Barrie Wentzell

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death on 18 September 1970, Hendrix in Britain takes place at Handel House Museum at 25 Brook Street, the Mayfair townhouse in which composer George Frideric Handel lived and worked for 36 years. Handel wrote his most popular and enduring music, including Messiah, in the house and died there in 1759. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix moved into the top floor flat of 23 Brook Street, with his English girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, and it became his home during long periods of playing in many venues across town.

The flat is now used as the administrative offices of Handel House Museum. But, to mark the anniversary, it will be opened to the public for a 12-day stretch during the run of the exhibition, including the 18 September anniversary date (15-26 September). Previously, the flat has only been open for guided tours on specific one-off dates. To accommodate the special opening, Museum staff will move out temporarily, taking their office furniture and equipment with them, to allow visitors to tour the rooms in which Hendrix lived, wrote, played and entertained many of his contemporaries during an important and prolific period in his life.

Hendrix in Britain will explore several aspects of Jimi Hendrix’s life and career. Featuring exhibits rarely seen or never previously displayed in the UK, as well as a host of images, film clips and music, the exhibition will trace his rise to fame, his songwriting craft, his extraordinary guitar playing and his lasting impact on music and popular culture. Among the items on display will be handwritten lyrics; a distinctive orange velvet jacket and Westerner hat worn by Hendrix in performance, on film and in album photography; Hendrix’s scrawled travel directions to the Isle of Wight Festival, scene of his final significant performance in August 1970; and UK concert memorabilia.

Sarah Bardwell, Director of Handel House Museum, said “We are excited to be celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix. After moving to Brook Street in 1968, Hendrix learned of the Handel connection with the building and headed to One Stop Records in South Molton Street and HMV in Oxford Street to pick up whichever records of Handel music he could find. Clearly he was intrigued by the connection and we’re pleased to be celebrating his own legacy today. We are delighted to be opening up the flat which was a true home base to Hendrix during his seemingly endless schedule of touring in the UK and elsewhere.”

Brought to London by manager Chas Chandler in September 1966, Jimi Hendrix quickly established a reputation as a spectacular live performer, based on an intensive period of playing such London clubs as the Speakeasy, Bag o’ Nails and Marquee, as well as venues across the UK, often delivering more than one set per night. The success of his first two single releases, Hey Joe (December 1966) and Purple Haze (March 1967), and his first album with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (May 1967), coupled with the reputation established by his UK shows, led to fame, ensuring that when he returned to play shows in the USA, only nine months after he had arrived in London, he was already a European star.

23 Brook Street, which carries an English Heritage Blue Plaque in memory of Hendrix (alongside the Blue Plaque for Handel), is the only Hendrix site anywhere in the world to be officially recognised. When he moved in with Kathy Etchingham in 1968, the rent charge was £30 per week; when Handel lived in the building next door he paid rent of £60 per year.

Call for Papers: Philosophy of the Enlightenment

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on August 30, 2010

The British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference 2011
University of Sussex, 29-31 March 2011

Proposals due by 31 December 2010

Papers relating to any aspect of the philosophy of the enlightenment will be considered. The topic will be interpreted broadly, but we particularly
welcome papers in the following areas:

  • Philosophy and Political Thought in the Enlightenment
  • The Enlightenment and Kant
  • Aesthetics and the Enlightenment

There will be a panel on ‘Jewish Thought in the Enlightenment’, and papers on this topic are also welcome. Plenary speakers will include Jonathan Friday (Kent), Knud Haakonssen (Sussex), James Harris (St Andrews), Ian Hunter (Queensland), and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, London). The conference is being hosted by the Department of Philosophy and the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History.Papers, suitably formated for blind review, should be sent to Lucy Allais: L.L.Allais@sussex.ac.uk

Lucy Allais: L.L.Allais@sussex.ac.uk  or
Knud Haakonssen: k.haakonssen@sussex.ac.uk

In This Month’s ‘Burlington Magazine’

Posted in books, journal articles, reviews by Editor on August 30, 2010

From this month’s issue of The Burlington Magazine 152 (August 2010):

  • Teresa Leonor M. Vale, “An Eighteenth-Century Roman Silver Altar Service in the Church of S. Roque, Lisbon,” pp. 528-35.
  • Louise Rice, “Art History Reviewed: Francis Haskell’s Patrons and Painters: A Study in the Relations between Italian Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque (1963),” pp. 543-46
  • Margaret Scott, review of The Borghese Collections and the Display of Art in the Age of the Grand Tour by R. Duits.
  • John Brewer, review of The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment by C. Fox, pp. 554-55.