Leon Hendrix

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Leon Hendrix
Birth name Leon Morris Hendrix
Born (1948-01-13) January 13, 1948 (age 66)
Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Hard rock, blues-rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 2006-

Leon 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.[1] After seeking drug treatment, Hendrix has been clean for over twelve years and lives with his girlfriend who is a doctor in Los Angeles, California.

Hendrix was employed for many years as an expert draftsman by Boeing.

In recent years the father of six and grandfather of four has been attempting to make a living from music and art.[2] The Leon Hendrix Band released one album in 2006, Keeper of the Flame, as well as the earlier Seattle Rain.[3] 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.[4]

Legal issues[edit]

Over the years Leon has been involed with lawsuits with Janie Hendrix, adopted sister of Jimi Hendrix. When Hendrix's father, Al, died in 2002, his will left control of the company Experience Hendrix to Janie and her cousin, Robert Hendrix, excluding Leon.[5] In a lawsuit where Leon sued to have his father's will overturned, the court ruled in 2004 that Leon "was not entitled to anything from his father's will, other than a single gold record left to him when his father died in 2002."[6] In another case, a court ruled against HendrixLicensing.com, a company run by Leon's business partner, Andrew Pitsicalis, for trademark infringement.[7]

Discography[edit]

  • Seattle Rain (2002) [8]
  • Keeper Of The Flame (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gene Stout (August 16, 2002), "Leon Hendrix Wants A Bigger Share Of Estate Brother Of Famed Guitarist Jimi Says He Was Denied His Rightful Inheritance And Will Sue", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, sec. News, p. B1, retrieved January 26, 2013 
  2. ^ Seattle Weekly The Leon Hendrix Experience
  3. ^ Seattle Weekly News Litigious Experience By Rick Anderson Wednesday, Oct 23 2002
  4. ^ Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story
  5. ^ SantaCruz.Com The Jimi Hendrix Blues Experience
  6. ^ Alexander, Brian (2004-09-25). "Judge Settles Long Family Feud Over Jimi Hendrix's Estate". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  7. ^ Gardner, Eriq (2014-01-29). "Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Appeal Over Unlicensed Merchandise". The Hollywood Reporter (The Hollywood Reporter). Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  8. ^ Seattle Weekly News Litigious Experience By Rick Anderson Wednesday, Oct 23 2002

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