When he was not being a string-shredding, amp-blasting guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix liked nothing better than to sit at home drinking tea and watching the British soap opera "Coronation Street."

The musician's former apartment — in a London building that links Handel's "Messiah" and "Purple Haze" — opens to the public Wednesday. It captures a fertile period in the late 1960s when Hendrix was forging an international musical reputation and immersing himself in the highs and lows of British culture.

"He was a bit shocked by the lack of restaurants and the standard of food," remembered Kathy Etchingham, Hendrix's girlfriend at the time. "We were only 20 years out from the Second World War."

But mostly, she said, "he embraced everything."

The apartment, restored to its multicolored 1960s glory, forms part of Handel & Hendrix in London, a museum devoted to two innovative musicians who were neighbors, two centuries apart.

Composer George Frideric Handel lived in an 18th-century house in London's Mayfair area for 36 years until his death in 1759. In 1968, Hendrix and Etchingham rented an apartment above a restaurant next door, furnishing it with a red carpet and turquoise curtains.

'Monsters, Inc.' writer dies

Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including "Monsters, Inc." and "Big Hero 6," has died. He was 49. Gerson's family said he died at his Los Angeles home Saturday after battling brain cancer. Gerson was a frequent contributor for Pixar Animation, co-writing both 2001's "Monsters, Inc." and its 2013 sequel, "Monsters University." Along with Robert L. Baird and Jordan Roberts, Gerson co-wrote Disney's Oscar-winning "Big Hero 6," an animated superhero tale. The New York-born Gerson got his start as a writer for the NBC comedy "Something So Right."

Not guilty plea: Don McLean's attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month. Police arrested the "American Pie" singer on the misdemeanor count on Jan. 18. McLean's wife had filed a request for protection, but the couple later said they had "agreed to move forward" and the protection order was dismissed.

end date: CBS used the Super Bowl as a platform to announce the imminent end of the network's most critically acclaimed show, the Sunday night drama "The Good Wife," starring Julianna Margulies. The network ran an ad during the game's first half on Sunday saying the series was heading into its final nine episodes and announced later the finale will be on May 8.

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