8. Electric Lady Studios
Smith imagined Hendrix’s ghost watching her as she recorded her first album, the acclaimed Horses, in Electric Lady, the studios Jimi Hendrix had established. Maybe this was because she met Hendrix there at the studio’s opening party. Though they were strangers, she confessed to him that she was too scared to enter the party; he admitted that he was more shy than anyone knew, and didn’t like parties either. He spoke about his vivid dreams for music, for Electric Lady, and for peace – and then died a month later. His studio is still being used for by some of the biggest names in music today–most recently, John Mayer, Metric, and, once again, Patti Smith–and is currently undergoing renovation.