Leon Hendrix on his brother Jimi Hendrix: “He’d play with a broom, his first guitar”

Jimi Hendrix's younger brother opens up about their family life

Jimi Hendrix‘s younger brother Leon Hendrix has opened up about their family life and the inspirations which led to Jimi’s music career.

Leon Hendrix’s book ‘Jimi Hendrix: A Brother’s Story’ was published in 2012. He also plays in the Leon Hendrix Band, who have released two albums.

Speaking to The Guardian, Leon says that Jimi “looked after” him, explaining that he “never missed a meal”. He continued, “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 says the music simply came from inspiration, explaining, “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 his broom-guitar, and Jimi’d get a whuppin’.”

He continued to explain that “music has no body,” remembering that 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’,” he said.