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26 May 2014

In the history of music there can be fewer more iconic figures than the recently voted (by Rolling Stone magazine) "greatest guitarist of all time": Jimi Hendrix, a man who constantly bent rules and not just pushed boundaries but utterly shattered them.

Sibling rivalry is something that has affected a lot of people and can cause huge chasms. This is even truer when one of the siblings forges a name for them self and casts an even bigger shadow for the other to try to step out of.

Rather than being crushed by this legacy his younger brother Leon has been keeping Jimi's flame burning with his own unique tribute. Best known for his original artwork of his beloved brother and his song writing, he has written Jimi Hendrix: A Brother's Story; an intimate biography which provides a revealing and unprecedented look at this visionary icon.

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More than forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix continues to inspire fans of rock music but very few really knew the man behind the legend.

Leon opens up and takes us back to the days before Jimi's amazing rise to fame in the 1960s, beginning with their tough childhood in Seattle, when their fascination with science fiction and UFOs helped them escape a difficult family life.

The book tells about Jimi's experiments with plucking wires attached to bedposts to the time when he got in trouble for taking apart the family radio ("I was looking for the music"), to his purchasing his first guitar from a neighbour - a Sears, Roebuck and Co. acoustic.

Readers learn about the heady days of sex and drugs that came with Jimi's skyrocketing fame in the sixties and how Leon felt Jimi's management isolated him from the rest of the family.

He also speaks of his own heartbreak, learning of his brother's sudden death while incarcerated in Washington State's Monroe Reformatory.

Alongside the promotion of the book, Leon will be playing at the Cambridge Rock Festival, on Saturday 9th August and will be joined onstage by Randy Hansen.

A personal friend of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn and highly rated by Eddie Van Halen, Hansen has been building the reputation of being the foremost tribute to Jimi as well as playing alongside a virtual Who's Who of rock, having shared stages with Uli Jon Roth, Jack Bruce, Paul Rodgers, Steve Miller, Buddy Miles, Alan White, Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Robert Cray, Bob Seger and Hendrix alumni Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell among many others.

This is something definitely not to be missed! Other musicians will be also playing with Leon and Randy, forming a truly inspiring tribute to the great Jimi Hendrix.

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