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Fans can have Hendrix experience at guitarist's London home

When he was not being a string-shredding, amp-blasting guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix liked nothing better than to sit at home drinking tea and watching the British soap opera "Coronation Street."

The musician's former apartment — in a London building that links Handel's "Messiah" and "Purple Haze" — opens to the public Wednesday. It captures a fertile period in the late 1960s when Hendrix was forging an international musical reputation, and immersing himself in the highs and lows of British culture.

"He was a bit shocked by the lack of restaurants and the standard of food," remembered Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix's girlfriend at...