The childhood home where rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix is said to have first discovered music has been dismantled after eight years of preservation efforts failed. Barely a shell of the 900-square-foot (84-sq meter) house originally in Seattle's Central Area neighborhood remains on a lot across the street from where Hendrix was buried.
Owner Pete Sikov told the Seattle Times for a story yesterday that parts have been saved and may be sold later. "Can you imagine a guitar made out of wood from Jimi's house? Who wouldn't want that?" Sikov, a 54-year-old Seattle real estate investor, said. Hendrix, who lived in the house from ages 10 to 13 in the 1950s, rocketed to fame in the 1960s with blazing guitar licks in songs such as "Purple Haze" and "Are You Experienced?"
He choked to death on his own vomit in 1970 at age 27 in London after taking sleeping pills and alcohol. The house is where Hendrix first picked up a ukulele that had one string and figured out how to strum the theme song from the television detective show "Peter Gunn," said Leon Hendrix, the late musician's younger brother.
Sikov said the demolition crew saved original parts of the home, including kitchen cabinets, a claw-foot tub and the back door.