‘Scuse me, while I kiss the sky and let rip with this guitar solo, won’t you? Jimi Hendrix is the poster-god of guitar solos and funkadelic jams, A helluva performer, the Jimi Hendrix experience ended all too quickly when the talented fingers of Hendrix mixed vodka and vomit and choked off. Still, his life before all that is the perfect story for a long overdue Hollywood biopic, which is just what you’re getting in Jimi: All Is By My Side. Exept for the music that is.
OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.
It may not have access to any of the official Hendrix music, but Jimi still looks to be in fine form with Andre Benjamin in the lead. The film also stars Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley and Ruth Negga. It’ll be rockin’ out on September 26.
Last Updated: July 7, 2014