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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.”
"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."
“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 channeling his energies into making music while Leon lived a hustler’s life filled with drugs and crime. Mixed in with the Hendrix family melodrama are some great vignettes (Jimi trying to make music with a one-string ukulele or wires and rubber bands)—that truly give a glimpse of the real Jimi behind the on-stage antics and flamboyant clothing. Leon also has some unique insights into Jimi’s music, especially when he opines on the inspiration for some of his brother’s powerful lyrics (he felt “Machine Gun” betrayed Jimi’s “fear and paranoia”).”
“His little brother Leon gives us ‘Buster,’ the Jimi Hendrix only his family knew. Keeping it real all the way, Leon Hendrix gives us an entirely new, life-size portrait of Jimi."
—Joel Selvin, author of the classic Summer of Love and co-author of Sammy Hagar’s New York Times #1 bestseller Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock
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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Bought this book for my grandson. Very disappointed to discover that several pictures were strategically cut from the book! Buyer beware!Published 3 months ago by Valerie Schuetta
I didn't realize this book would be mainly about Jimmy's brother and family drama. Not so much about Jimmy....Published 4 months ago by katherine case
I was disappointed with this book - it was more about Jimi's brother Leon then Jimi! His story is interesting but I wanted to lean more about Jimi .Published 9 months ago by Ralph
An in depth look at Jimi Hendrix and his brother Leon as well as many other family members. This story about the best guitarist ever will leave you satisfied either way. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Casey Bartels
This book reminds me of all the ne'er do well brothers of famous people, Billy Carter, Roger Clinton, etc. Behind every superstar is a sibling who is an embarrassing failure. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jon Weiman
A must read for all HENDRIX fans.I got so caught up in this book that I couldn't put it down. I thought I read everything about JIMI (BUSTER) until I read this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dale E. Glander