Jimi Hendrix – Electric Lady Studios

Photo of Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.

Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.

52 West 8th Street, New York, NY.

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery bought a newly defunct nightclub called The Generation located at 52 W 8th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village — a venue that Hendrix had frequented for impromptu performances and late-night jam sessions.  The Generation had been known for live acts as diverse and legendary as Big Brother & the Holding Company, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Dave Van Ronk, and Sly & the Family Stone.

Instead of renaming the club and continuing with the live venue business model (Jimi’s original vision for the project), advisors Eddie Kramer and Jim Marron convinced Hendrix to convert the space into a professional recording studio. It would be the only artist-owned recording studio in existence at the time.

Hendrix spent only four weeks recording in Electric Lady, most of which took place while the final phases of construction were still ongoing. An opening party was held on August 26, 1970. The following day Hendrix created his last ever studio recording: a cool and tranquil instrumental known only as “Slow Blues“. He then boarded a flight for London to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival, and died less than three weeks later.

Today, Electric Lady Studios is made famous by Jimi Hendrix and classic 70s sessions with The Rolling Stones (Emotional Rescue, Some Girls & Black and Blue), Led Zeppelin (Houses of the Holy & Physical Graffiti), Kiss (Destroyer, Dynasty, Dressed To Kill & Asylum), Stevie Wonder (Music of My Mind & Fulfillingnes First Finale) and AC/DC (Back In Black) among others, and maintains its reputation as the most hallowed grounds for recorded music.  It is the oldest working and thriving recording studio in New York City.

Required Listening:

  1. Slow Blues – Jimi Hendrix
  2. Beast Of Burden – The Rolling Stones
  3. Over The Hills And Far Away – Led Zeppelin
  4. Detroit Rock City – Kiss
  5. Hells Bells – AC/DC

 

Photo of the Front of Electric Lady Studios in New York, NY.

Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY

 

Map of the location of Electric Lady Studios in New York, NY.

Map of the location of Electric Lady Studios in New York, NY.