In early May the news was confirmed: André 3000 will be playing Jimi Hendrix on the silver screen. Shooting for the Hendrix biopic, “All Is By My Side”, is going on as we speak in Ireland. A few weeks ago we got the first images of the OutKast member starring as the guitar hero and we just got word that the film will also hold a few surprises when it comes to music.
The film, written and directed by John Ridley, focuses on the years 1966 and 1967, when Hendrix was in England recording his first LP, “Are You Experienced?” (Polydor, 1967). Like every new artist, Hendrix played some tunes by others in those early years as well. For the movie, André 3000 will play some of the songs by others Hendrix performed during the 60s, such as “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles, “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters, “Bleeding Heart” by Elmore James, and classics like “Wild Thing”, the song written by Chip Taylor and popularised by The Troggs.
Those renditions are good news, but they have a dark side, too: as word already had it, the producers of “All Is By My Side” haven't managed to come to an agreement with the handlers of the Hendrix legacy, so they can't use any of the guitarist's original music for the film.