A Hendrix Castle Where Musicians Still Kiss the Sky

“Just down the street from the hot dogs of Gray’s Papaya, on a row of down-market Greenwich Village shops selling used CDs and a certain kind of glass pipe, 52 West Eighth Street is easy to miss. But a small sign marks hallowed musical ground: Electric Lady Studios.

Founded by Jimi Hendrix in 1970, it was an oddity for its time. Instead of following the usual studio model — a big, impersonal box tended by buttoned-down staff engineers — it was a psychedelic lair, with curved walls, groovy multicolored lights and sci-fi erotica murals to aid the creative flow. Hendrix died less than a month after its opening party on Aug. 26, 1970.”

Read the New York Times article here

Jimi Hendrix, seated, with the engineer Eddie Kramer, behind him, and the studio manager Jim Marron in the control room of the unfinished Electric Lady Studios on June 17, 1970.

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