32 Londoners - A series of 32 talks on famous Londoners on the Coca-Cola London Eye, in association with Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation on 11th June 2015HomeAboutThe London EyeTickets
32 Londoners - 32 Speakers - 32 Journeys - Men & Women who found their fortune in London
david Stubbs on Jimi Hendrix - Musician
Born: Johnny Allen Hendrix, 1942, SeattleClick here for tickets - June 11th 2015

Jimi Hendrix began musical life on the "chitlin' circuit" in the USA in the mid-1960s, where he developed a fluid, funky guitar style, backing the likes of the Isley Brothers on the road. In 1966 Chas Chandler, formerly of The Animals, discovered him playing in Greenwich Village and shrewdly persuaded him to relaunch his career in London. Hendrix enjoyed instant success with hits like "Hey, Joe" and "Purple Haze." His band the Jimi Hendrix Experience included British rhythm section Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell. They recorded two of their three classic albums in London. By 1969 Hendrix was the world’s highest paid rock musician and headlined the Woodstock Festival. He died of a barbiturates overdose in Kensington in 1970 at the age of 27.

David Stubbs took his first writing job for the Melody Maker in 1987 where he wrote the iconic Talk Talk Talk column featuring Mr Agreeable. He subsequently moved to NME and Uncut, and later The Wire magazine. His work now regularly appears in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, When Saturday Comes and The Quietus. His book on the work of Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child, uncovers the story behind every song in the Hendrix repertoire.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

The Venue - Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Coca-Cola London EyeAntique BeatA Curious InvitationTime Out London