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Jimi Hendrix guitar on display

Jimi Hendrix's Flying V guitar is among items gathered together to celebrate his time living in London, where he first found fame.

The "Flying Angel" Gibson Flying V guitar is the one on which he performed some of his most incendiary tunes at the Isle Of Wight in 1970, less than three weeks before he died choking on his own vomit.

Also in the Hendrix In Britain exhibition, which opens tomorrow at the Handel House Museum in London, are handwritten lyrics and distinctive clothing.

The US musician came to London in 1966 under the patronage of his manager Chas Chandler, the keyboard player with chart act The Animals. It was his work in the UK which led to Hendrix becoming a worldwide star.

He eventually made a home with girlfriend Kathy Etchingham at 23 Brook Street in Mayfair, next door to what is now the Handel House Museum. The flat is used as an office for the museum - itself the former home of composer George Frideric Handel - and will be opened up for 11 days during the run of the exhibition.

On display will be a patterned orange velvet jacket and the "Westerner" hat often seen on stage and on the cover of the 1968 Smash Hits album.

The exhibition also includes his British work permit, lyrics to Love Or Confusion written on Hyde Park Towers hotel notepaper with a self-portrait sketch on the other side, alongside comments about acts such as The Beatles and Eric Clapton.

The guitar normally lives in the vault at London's Hard Rock Cafe which houses the venue's most prized instruments.

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