Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

A Brother's Story

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More than forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix, recently named the greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, continues to inspire fans. Many have written about Hendrix's life and music, but this book provides a revealing and unprecedented look at this visionary icon: an intimate biography written by Jimi's younger brother, Leon. Leon Hendrix takes us back to the days before Jimi's amazing rise to fame, beginning with their tough childhood in Seattle, when their fascination with science fiction and UFOs helped them escape a difficult family life. (Jimi insisted his family call him "Buster," after Flash Gordon actor Buster Crabbe.) The author reveals Jimi's early fascination with sound, from his experiments with plucking wires attached to bedposts to the time when he got in trouble for taking apart the family radio ("I was looking for the music," he explained) to Jimi's purchasing his first guitar, a Sears, Roebuck and Co. acoustic, from a neighbor. Leon recounts Jimi's early days performing on the "Chitlin' Circuit," when Jimi would call from the road to play early versions of tracks for the classic album Are You Experienced, and illuminates the biographical roots of Jimi's most well-known songs. The book also tells about the heady days of sex and drugs that came with Jimi's skyrocketing fame and how Leon felt Jimi's management isolated him from the rest of the family. The author speaks of his own heartbreak, learning of his brother's sudden death while incarcerated in Washington State's Monroe Reformatory. Commemorating what would have been Jimi's seventieth birthday, Leon Hendrix's poignant and captivating account sheds new light on a music legend.

McMillan Palgrave

More than forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix-recently named the greatest guitarist of all time byRolling Stone magazine-continues to inspire fans of rock music. Many have written about Hendrix's life and music, butJimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story provides a revealing and unprecedented look at this visionary icon: an intimate biography written by Jimi's younger brother, Leon.

Leon Hendrix takes us back to the days before Jimi's amazing rise to fame in the 1960s, beginning with their tough childhood in Seattle, when their fascination with science fiction and UFOs helped them escape a difficult family life. (Jimi insisted his family call him "Buster," after Flash Gordon actor Buster Crabbe.) The author reveals Jimi's early fascination with sound, from his experiments with plucking wires attached to bedposts to the time when he got in trouble for taking apart the family radio ("I was looking for the music," he explained) to Jimi's purchasing his first guitar-a Sears, Roebuck and Co. acoustic, from a neighbor.

Leon recounts Jimi's early days performing on the "Chitlin' Circuit," when Jimi would call from the road to play early versions of tracks for the classic albumAre You Experienced, and illuminates the biographical roots of Jimi's most well-known rock & roll songs. Readers learn about the heady days of sex and drugs that came with Jimi's skyrocketing fame in the sixties and how Leon felt Jimi's management isolated him from the rest of the family. The author speaks of his own heartbreak, learning of his brother's sudden death while incarcerated in Washington State's Monroe Reformatory.

Commemorating what would have been Jimi's seventieth birthday, Leon Hendrix's poignant and captivating account sheds new light on a music legend.



Baker
& Taylor

The younger brother of the music icon describes their difficult childhoods and complicated family dynamic while recounting Jimi's early experimentations with sound and vibration, profiling the culture of sex and drugs that accompanied Jimi's fame and the factors that contributed to his early death.
The younger brother of the music icon describes their difficult childhoods and family dynamic while recounting Jimi's early experimentations with sound and profiling the culture of sex and drugs that accompanied Jimi's fame.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312668815
0312668813
9781250031433
Branch Call Number: B HENDRIX
Characteristics: p. cm
Additional Contributors: Mitchell, Adam D. 1975-

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