August 26, 1970

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix opened the doors to Electric Lady Studios.

Located in New York’s Greenwich Village, at 52 West 8th Street, the building was once a nightclub called Generation Club. Hendrix and his manager Michael Jeffery invested in the property, rebuilding it at a costly price and employing designer John Stork. Artist Lance Jost was hired to paint the studio with a psychedelic atmosphere.

The recording of Electric Ladyland came with hefty recording fees that Hendrix wanted to avoid the next time around. He also wanted to be in a comfortable environment while recording.

Hendrix would only spend four weeks recording at Lady Studio’s, while still under construction. His last studio recording was an instrumental titled “Slow Blues”.

Hendrix died less than three weeks later.

The studio is still up and running. Artist who have recorded there include Bob Dylan, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, U2, The Clash, Kiss, Christina Aguilera and Kanye West.

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