A Hippie’s Word About Jimi Hendrix Is Good Enough for Brad Pitt

Some alleged 'May This Be Love' lore is one of the many pleasures of GQ Style cover story

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The co-stars of GQ Style’s cover story about Brad Pitt are three U.S. National Parks and one spectacular Crafstman home located just off Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles. The actor acquired the property not long after the 1992 riots, which are back in the news due to the 25th anniversary.

Early on in the piece by Michael Paterniti, the writer touches on some magical purported history involving the home:

Serenity, balance, order: That’s the vibe, at least. That’s what you think you’re feeling in the kitchen of Brad Pitt’s perfectly constructed, awesomely decorated abode. Outside, children’s bikes are lined up in the rack; a blown-up dragon floatie bobs on the pool through the window. From the sideboard, with its exquisite inlay, to the vase on the mantel, the house exudes care and intention. And it carries its own stories, not just about when the Jolie-Pitts were a happy family, but also from back in the day, when Jimi Hendrix crashed here. It’s said he wrote “May This Be Love” out in the grotto, with its waterfall (Waterfall / Nothing can harm me at all…). “I don’t know if it’s true,” says Pitt, “but a hippie came by and said he used to drop acid with Jim back there, so I run with the story.”

Hendrix’s footprints can be found at other L.A. homes, including one owned not too far away in the Los Feliz area by fashion designer Sue Wong. Read the full cover story here.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.