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The First Ever Artist Owned Studio

On this day in 1970, Jimi Hendrix opened not only his first recording studio, but the world’s first artist recording studio in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Named Electric Lady Studios, the initial plan was to re-open the Generation Club Hendrix had invested jointly in with his manager Michael Jeffery. When he realised the investment would serve them much better as a recording studio, plans were scrapped, and Hendrix finally found an end to his search for the perfect recording environment.

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Designed by John Storyk specifically for Hendrix, the studio was a pyschedelic lair, with curved walls, multicoloured lights and sci-fi murals to project a relaxing feel, to encourage Jimi’s creativity. Hendrix died less than a month after it’s opening party on August 26th 1970, but libraries of session tapes were left there. The studio has become a home from home for a number of chart-topping artists have recorded at Electric Lady studios since it’s opening 41 years ago.

Artists who’ve recorded in Electric Lady Studios

     
  • Bob Dylan
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  • John Lennon
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  • Kiss
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  • AC/DC
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  • Led Zeppelin
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  • Glass Harp
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  • Blondie
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  • Carly Simon
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  • The Clash
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  • Peter Frampton
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  • Foreigner
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  • The Rolling Stones
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  • David Bowie
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  • Al Green
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  • Frank Zappa
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  • Nas
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  • Kanye West
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  • Madonna
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  • Beyonce Knowles
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  • The Mighty Boosh
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  • Courtney Love
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  • Radiohead
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  • Coldplay
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  • Alice Cooper
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  • Bad Religion
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  • Stevie Wonder
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  • Cactus
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  • Goldfrapp
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  • Greezy Wheels
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  • Billy Cobham
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  • Curtis Mayfield
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  • Moby
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  • Muse
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  • Arctic Monkeys
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  • Glasvegas
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  • Billy Joel
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  • The Mars Volta
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  • Guns N’ Roses
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  • Van Halen
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  • The White Stripes
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  • Interpol
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  • The Strokes

 

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