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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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In this intimate depiction, Leon vividly recounts Jimi's tough childhood in Seattle, and his amazing rise to fame. From Jimi's experimentation with the sound and vibration of plucking wires attached to the posts of their brass bed to the moment he picked up his first stringed instrument, this is a fresh and personal look at an enduring icon from the brother who was there from the beginning. Leon illuminates the origin and meaning of classic Hendrix tunes, which Jimi would play for his brother over the phone as he wrote them on the road. He also chronicles the complicated Hendrix family dynamic, the culture of sex and drugs that came with Jimi's stardom, and his tragic death. This captivating account sheds new light on rock and roll's genuine legend.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 thoughts and words from the real deal...you can't get closer than Leon Hendrix 2 janvier 2013
Par CyberTiger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'd like to thank Leon for sharing his life with "Buster" (Jimi) and his father, Al. This book is refreshing because it's directly from the horse's mouth and not a compilation of interviews of people who "knew" Jimi.

I found Leon's book honest and painted a good picture of what life was like for him and Jimi growing up with a struggling father who was trying to make ends meet. It was interesting to learn of the roots that Jimi (Buster)came from.

I also am rooting for Leon to gain a much deserved residual as he is Jimi's brother. Unfortunately Jimi's "step-sister" is the one that's cashing in on Jimi's name, if anyone should, it should be Leon.

I recommend this book for the hard-core Jimi fan.
18 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Like the last Rambo movie 14 juillet 2012
Par Bruce Newman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Just finished reading this book. Someone complained about the title, that it was really about Leon. Well, it was about Jimi and Leon, and more. The book gave a context to Jimi's early life.

Someone might ask what more can be written about Jimi Hendrix that hasn't already been written. The fact that we are still talking about him with great fervency testifies to Jimi's utter uniqueness and the fact that he touched hearts in a way nobody ever did or has done since. Though I didn't really appreciate Jimi's music until several years after his death there is no other musician that has touched me so deeply. I love the guy though I've never met him and regard his passing as leaving a void that can't be filled. Though I've heard all his songs hundreds of times they have more power in repetitiveness than most of what is newly produced today.
Leon Hendrix chronicles the early years of his and Jimi's lives up to Jimi's death. He then goes on to tell of his own misfortunes with an even handed honesty and how he adapted to or overcame them. This does not feel like a separate story but grows out of what went before, and I think he pulls it off competently.

For those of us who love Jimi, we are eager even after all these years to find another piece to the puzzle that was his life. While Leon provides nothing here that is shockingly revelatory, he does fill in a lot of gaps, smooths rough edges and helps us see something that we easily forget in our rootless society; that people have beginnings and contexts that make them what they are. Without understanding those contexts you can't really understand the person. There was a lot of manipulated imagery surrounding Jimi that made people think they knew him. But with the context Leon lays out we get a much better picture of a fellow human being who had to fight his way through tough times like we all do to one degree or another. That context helps us see Leon better as well.

I believe this book was also Leon's way of setting the record straight about himself and saying something strong and honest about the Hendrix family which had been lost in the heat of legal battles over Jimi's estate and the dust raised by the predictable carrion eaters that converged on Jimi's legacy. Given Leon's criminal past and drug addiction he had some steep hills to climb. And it's never easy for a sibling with a superstar brother or sister to be heard under the best of circumstances. The odds were certainly against Leon. But, as he says, "I always somehow landed on my feet."

There have been so many things said about Jimi; so much speculation about how and why he died that have mainly left us with no satisfying answers. For me as a lover of Jimi Hendrix this book felt like a final word that put things to rest after a long hard road, kind of like the final Rambo movie. It was my perception that Leon Hendrix did so out of an honest heart. As he said at the end of the book...

"The hardships and tough times have left me resilient and positive-minded. No matter what has happened, the important thing is that today I am at peace."

I'm happy for him and pray that, after a life of turmoil, peace will continue to be the air he breathes. Thanks, Leon, for writing this. God bless you, brother.
11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 the Full Story 30 novembre 2012
Par G Marshall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I enjoyed reading Leon's account of their family & Jimi's early life, I really got a perspective of where Jimi came from. He truly went from rags to riches, just a shame Jimi's actually family did not get to enjoy it all (beyond his Dad). Seriously what judge allowed this? The money should have gone to actual blood relatives like Aunt Delores and others who could have really used it. If Leon was not to be trusted because of addictions, at least a trust could have been set up for his kids & others who Jimi would have wanted to help. So sad he got cut off mid-air from his spectacular blast into his true dreams.
19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A long time coming 13 mai 2012
Par MissLamberts - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
What a great story and how long in coming. Leon Hendrix I guess was supposed to just shut up and go away and die in obscurity. But thank God, he bravely stuck it out to where he could get this book out. It is extremely well written, and I read it in one day.

I saw his brother play three times and lived on the street in London that he died on. Yeah, yeah, yeah, but that's not the real Hendrix story. This is, Leon's story is the gospel on James Marshall Hendrix.

It's not about the world-wide fame, or the sexy antics on stage. It's about the adult-sized blues these two boys felt as they were raised without a mother, it's about their heretofore unknown brother and two sisters given up to foster care. It's about Jimi's unique childhood void of racial hatred. It's about the Message to Love.

Thank you, Leon, for your story. And thank you for getting back with God and getting clean and sober. Thank you for picking up a guitar and learning to play quite well at an age when most people wouldn't dare try. Blessings to you and your whole extended family.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Leon's Story of His Life as Jimi's Brother 18 mai 2012
Par Bess - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book is what the title says it is and what the title of my review says it is. It is the story of Leon's life as the brother of James Marshall "Buster" Hendrix. It is a deeply poignant story as only Leon could tell because he lived it.

I am very grateful that Leon finally made it to the place in his life where he could write such a book. I hope it was helpful to him in attaining closure with some of the drama that had occured in his life. It probably was not easy to relive a lot of it.

Leon does a terrific job detailing vignettes about two boys growing up in Seattle in the 1950s. He recalls some of the early rustlings in his big brother Buster's psyche that would shape what he would become in the future including recollections of UFO sightings and the concept of music as color. I enjoyed reading about the time he joined Jimi for a brief time on tour, living in Beverly Hills, going to the Whiskey and the Rainbow Room, shopping for hip clothes on Melrose and all. Leon also recalls where he was, how he felt and what he was doing when he received the news about Jimi's death with such emotion and passion that you can't help but feel gripped by the tragedy. As he discusses what happened after Jimi's death when his manager dies in a plane crash, you can't help but keep turning pages to see what happens next. Leon shares intimate details with the reader about his personal demons, addiction and street life in such a way that you want to reach out and help him somehow. It becomes clear how he was ostracized from the family fortune as he touched on the 'old school' mannerisms of his father and the clutching possessiveness of his father's second wife. A lot of people, once you take a walk down that road of addiction and crime, won't ever accept you as a worthwhile human being again, no matter what you do. Seems like that's what happened with Leon. Whether those kind of people are worthwhile to have in one's life or not is a different story, but here you can see what an impact it can have.

A big thanks to Leon and all who helped him with this book. Many blessings to Leon Hendrix, his family, Aunt Delores...
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