That is just one of oodles and oodles of new details emerging about Jimi’s turbulent upbringing in Seattle, according to younger brother Leon Hendrix. In his brand new book, Jimi Hendrix: A Brothers Story, Leon tells of how he and his older brother were fascinated with science fiction and U.F.O.s, and how they would often escape their rough childhood with dreams and discussions about our interplanetary brothers and sisters.
Leon also traces the beginning days of Jimi’s intense interest in music, citing the first time Jimi strung wires between his bed posts and plucked them for the first time. Unfortunately, Jimi found those wires inside the family radio, and Al Hendrix wasn’t too keen on that. But, in a strange twist of fate and perhaps in an effort to save future radios in the house, Al quickly bought Jimi his first guitar.
Leon shares fascinating stories of growing up as the younger brother to the greatest guitarist in the world. Stories that have never been told, and certainly a different side of Jimi that others haven’t written about. At one point Leon breaks down and tells of how he learned of Jimi’s passing while he was doing time at the Washington State Prison in Monroe. For the Hendrix fan, this book will fit well in your library. Jimi Hendrix: A Brothers Story, available now.