Leon Morris Hendrix (born January 13, 1948) is the brother of late American rock guitarist/singer and icon Jimi Hendrix. He is an artist, songwriter and guitarist who began playing the guitar later in life and has released several albums. He is best known for his original artwork.
Hendrix suffered from drug addiction and he spent time in prison for minor offenses. After seeking drug treatment, Hendrix has been clean for over twelve years and completely sober from Alcohol since 2016 and lives with his wife who is a doctor in Los Angeles, California.
In recent years the father of six and grandfather of four has been attempting to make a living from music and art. The Leon Hendrix Band released an album in 2006, Keeper of the Flame, as well as the earlier Seattle Rain. Hendrix has also toured with The Magic Carpet Ride performing large venue concerts. Hendrix's wish is to keep his brother Jimi's legacy alive by dedicating his songs to Jimi when he performs.
In 2012, Hendrix published an intimate biography of his brother titled Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story. It was co-written by Adam Mitchell and published by St. Martin's Press.
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 Jimi 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. He 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
Readers learn 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. Leon speaks of his own heartbreak, learning of his brother’s sudden death while incarcerated.
One memory Leon writes in his book, A Brother’s Story, was that (Jimi) He was a leftie, and his Dad thought left handedness was from the Devil ..."Which was funny, considering he had 6 fingers!" That was laugh out loud. He went on to say that Dad would tie string around his extra appendage until it would shrivel up and fall off after tightening it for about 6 months ... but then they would grow back!! Freak out. Jimi and Leon would wait until their Dad fell asleep drunk and bring in the neighbor kids to terrify them with the extra fingers on their Dad. While funny, I almost wish I didn't know this stuff existed. When Dad would come in, Jimi would flip the guitar over to play right handed so he wouldn't get yelled at for being the Devil. So he could play left, right, upside down, backwards ... "He was a genius," Leon said, with a shrug of pure fact.