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Leon Hendrix opens up about his brother Jimi Hendrix

Leon Hendrix, younger brother of Jimi Hendrix, opened up about their family life and enjoys the inevitable conversation about his brother rather than himself.

Leon says that Jimi “looked after him, explaining that he “never missed a meal. He looked out for me like an elder-brother-father; he made me what you English call “tea” and made sure I was okay. And sometimes, we used to sneak off to Mom’s for dinner.”

Leon has had an interesting life: taken into care at a foster home – where Jimi would visit him – short periods in jail for minor offenses, drug problems for which he was successfully treated, and being taken on tour with his brother, during which he got “a share in the chicks backstage”.

But where did the music come from? “It’s called inspiration,” says Leon, almost scolding. “As in ‘spirit’, as in ‘in-spirit-ation’. It’s in the wind. I was there when Jimi was a boy, and he’d play with a broom, his first guitar. And Pa would come home and see the straw and shit from the broom on the floor, because Jimi’d been doing acrobatics with his broom-guitar, and Jimi’d get a whuppin’.”

“But the music came from nowhere,” he says. “Music has no body, and I remember when Jimi was playing, he’d try to conjure up the sound with his fingers – where is it?” Once, “when we were little, Jimi took a radio apart, trying to find the music inside it. We lost the screwdriver behind the sofa and couldn’t put it back together, and that was another whuppin’.”

 

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