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on 10 October 2012
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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VINE VOICEon 4 January 2013
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. (Though his treatment of Band of Gypsys doesn't seem to accord with JH's recorded opinion)

The book was written a long time afterwards and after a lot of water had flowed under the bridge. It's still worth a read. Both to explain a bit more about JH and also as a counter factual: Leon's story could equally be how JH might have turned out but for.

Alas, as with so many of books of this genre, it's not very well written.
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on 1 June 2016
Leon's account is a bit like looking at his life with Jimi as kid's through rose tinted spectacles, even though it was pretty hard with a father like that old bastard Al Hendrix - but then, its a bit like that for all of us who enjoyed and really'experienced' the late sixties and early seventies. Groovy!
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on 29 May 2013
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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on 3 June 2016
I approached this book with apprehension, was it just a cash in? In fact, I enjoyed it, a good read, with a big insight into Jimis childhood. Also, an interesting take on " Experience Hendrix" and Jane Hendrix in particular. Hard to believe Leon only ended up with a gold disc from Jimis estate. Leons story is a tale of hustling and drugs, td with honesty . My only quibble is that Leon claims Jimi showed him the cover of his latest album " Electric Ladyland" and they joked about the nude ladies cover., but this was the British cover, the U.S one was different, and Jimi was not happy with the British cover.
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on 9 September 2014
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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on 1 March 2013
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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on 28 January 2014
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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on 22 December 2013
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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on 22 June 2015
Very good book; well written. I also enjoyed Leon's stories about his streets hustling
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