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Leon Hendrix (born January 13, 1948) 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.
|Birth name||Leon Morris Hendrix|
|Born||January 13, 1948|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rock, blues rock|
He is the brother of American rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix. He suffered from drug addiction and he spent time in prison for minor offences. 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.
He is father of six and grandfather of four.
Hendrix was employed for many years as an expert draftsman by Boeing. In recent years Hendrix has been attempting to make a living from music and art. The Leon Hendrix Band released two albums, Keeper of the Flame in 2006, as well as the earlier Seattle Rain. In 2012, Hendrix published a 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.
When Leon's father, Al, died in 2002, his will left control of the company Experience Hendrix, which controls the rights to Jimi Hendrix's estate, to Al's adopted daughter, Janie Hendrix, and his nephew, Robert Hendrix. Leon sued to have his father's will overturned but in 2004 the court ruled 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." In another case, a court ruled against HendrixLicensing.com (a company run by Leon's business partner, Andrew Pitsicalis) for trademark infringement.
- 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
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