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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (6 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250031435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250031433
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Memoirs about rock stars written by family members, friends, ex-wives and quickie backstage assignations are a wildly divergent lot that alternately take the narrative tracks of score-settling, axe-grinding, deification or exploitation. Fortunately, this effort by Jimi Hendrix's younger brother is a mostly sweet remembrance of the rock legend, heavy on tales of their youthful adventures (and misadventures) as Leon and the brother everyone called Buster (after Flash Gordon serial actor Buster Crabbe and Jimi's love of science fiction) grew up under less than ideal circumstances....While other Hendrix books have concentrated on his roles as musical genius, troubled soul and visionary dead far too soon, this one celebrates the sweet, shy, protective older brother -- who just happened to wear crazy clothes and set his guitar on fire.--Houston Press Although several books have been written about the artist, this one has a different perspective since it is Jimi's life as seen through the eyes of his younger brother, Leon. This highly readable book reveals the origin and meaning of many of the classic Hendrix tunes, which Jimi often played for his brother over the phone while he composed and was on the road. The complicated family dynamic, the culture of sex and drugs that came with Jimi's fame is also chronicled. This biography is being released just months before what would have been Jimi's 70th birthday. Tucson Citizen While the rest of the world knew the great guitarist as Jimi, Leon Hendrix knew him as Buster, his big brother and protector. While Leon clearly idolized his older brother, he tells a balanced and honest story of his parents' broken marriage and substance abuse, and the peripatetic life he and Jimi led with their father. With the help of Mitchell (co-author of Street Player), Leon, in an informal yet intimate tone, chronicles his own life as much as his brother's, presenting the divergent paths they took: Jimi chan --Various

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LEON HENDRIX lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing his art and music full-time in the Leon Hendrix Band. In addition to touring across North America and Europe, he is also the owner of Rockin Artwork LLC, a company that licenses Jimi Hendrix's likeness and image. ADAM MITCHELL is also the author of Street Player: My Chicago Story with legendary drummer Danny Seraphine. He lives in Los Angeles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Linter on 10 Oct. 2012
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Since Jimi Hendrix's passing in 1970, the fascination with the purple psychedelic god of the guitar as not waned. There have been many books and DVDs published, detailing his life, his music and, unfortunately, his death. It therefore makes a refreshing change for a Hendrix book to focus on how he really lived and breathed as told by the one person who can paint an accurate picture, his younger brother, Leon. Although the book starts with Jimi's untimely death, it moves on fairly quickly and takes the reader back in time to when his parents lived together tumultuously, the adulation of his rising fame, how hard he worked and how hard he partied. Through Leon's account, we get a personal intimate account of his memory of the brother who took the music scene by storm in the late 60s. Of course, no book by Leon Hendrix could avoid the current situation within the Hendrix family but all in all, this book will fascinate Hendrix fans and be informative to the lesser of fanatics. Although there are a couple of odd typos along the way, the book loses a star through the slight rantings towards other Hendrix family members. Justified or not, this has nothing to do with how the great man lived, it only has to do with how he has been treated afterwards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gerryg VINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2013
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Leon Hendrix has the unique advantage of being the only surviving member of the family that was there when Jimi was growing up.

This biography is honestly titled, it's the brother's story. On the other hand, Leon's account of his childhood is an account of JH's childhood. The story of the relationship of a younger brother to an older brother rings true. And his account of the negative relationship his father had with Jimi accords with others' observations - for example Kathy Etchingham in Through Gypsy Eyes: My Life, The 60s, and Jimi Hendrix and others incluing Al himself in Jimi Hendrix [Special Edition] [DVD] [1973] or some of the interviews with JH Hendrix on Hendrix: Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix (Musicians in Their Own Words) Roby, Steven ( Author ) Oct-01-2012 Hardcover

The brother's focus on food and the meals they ate can only confirm the poverty (material and emotional) surrounding JH's early life. It would be so interesting to know more of why JH was so generous to his father despite everything.

You're not going to find out much about JH the musician here though the anecdotes about how he got started and his relationships with others during 66-70 are reasonably consistent with other stories. There is a fair amount here to fill out "whither Jimi Hendrix?".

It's a reasonable view about what has happened to his musical legacy too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Calum on 29 May 2013
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You will not regret reading this book - trust me. Leon gives a very personal view of his brother and allows the reader to learn about his childhood and who the man behind the guitar really was, but it's important to remember this is one man's anecdotal account of Jimi Hendrix from solely his view. In parts this book definitely crosses the line and primarily becomes a biography of Leon Hendrix himself, but don't let this put you off, Leon's life was so embroiled in Jimi's that the two biographical stories come hand-in-hand.
All in all, a recommended read.
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rare and captivating look at the HENDRIX childhood, his family and upbringing. i almost finished the whole book in a day. last night i read the last few chapters and they threw me off with mystery and questions, just as with HENDRIX's death. his brother nonetheless ends with an optimistic outlook.
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After recently meeting Leon I decided to buy his book, and was rewarded with a story that is different to most other books about Jimi.
A unique way to learn more about the life of someone who was arguably the greatest ever guitarist.
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By maxwall on 28 Jan. 2014
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Worth every penny,a different take on the life of jimi Hendrix as viewed by his younger brother through childhood,adulthood and fame.A book I could not put down.
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I bought this book for my son for Christmas, i read some of it and liked what i'd read so far. I will definitely finish reading it.
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