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Electric Lady Studios Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Electric Lady Studios opened its doors for business on August 26, 1970.  Jimi Hendrix walked through the street-level door at 52 West 8th Street and turned it into an artist’s paradise. Electric Lady Studios was the guitarist's own state-of-the-art recording facility, and he had personally supervised many of its psychedelic details, like the mural of an elfin woman at the console of a spaceship.  The studio where subsequent music legends like Stevie Wonder and Black Sabbath went to record was described by studio architect John Storyk as a dream for Hendrix.

Hendrix tragically died in London on September 18th, less than a month after the studio’s opening, but remnants of his style and flair live on.  Studio A remains nearly exactly how it was at the opening and Studio B, also referred to as “Purple Haze” houses the world’s only purple mixing console. 

As Electric Lady Studios turns 50, we commemorate the efforts of Jimi Hendrix and those who have carried on his legacy since the opening in 1970.  To learn more about Electric Lady Studios, click here.

Electric Lady Studios Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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