"Typical 18th century properties in Brook Street, London," you might say, when looking at the photo above, "But so what?"
Handel, the great baroque German born composer, lived at number 25 from 1723 until his death in 1759. Hendrix, the American musician, singer and songwriter, lived at 23 in the late sixties.
It is said that when Jimi realised Handel once lived next door he made an immediate beeline for the local HMV store, at nearby Oxford Street, and bought most of the Handel music records available.
This is all well and good but there was also a personal coincidence or synchronicity with all of this. After writing some of this post I checked my live blog, and what do I see but Jimi Hendrix's photo looking back at me! See below.
Hendrix's photo was featured on the Google ads I run on the blog. I have no control over what they advertise and have never seen an ad for Jimi Hendix previously. The ad was for his album People Hell & Angels released this month (March 2013).
Out of interest the architect Colen Campbell (1676 to 1729) lived at number 76 Brook Street. He was the person credited as the founder of the Georgian style of architecture. And at number 74 once lived Sir William Withey Gull a physician and Freemason suspected of being Jack the Ripper.
Handel's house is now the Handel House Museum and Hendrix's place is now part of their offices.
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