Hendrix biopic to arrive in September
Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, producers have confirmed.
It stars Andre Benjamin, better known as Andre 3000 of hip-hop group Outkast, and tells the story of the guitar icon’s rise to fame over a two-year period starting in 1966.
The film begins with Hendrix being discovered in a New York club by Keith Richard’s girlfriend Linda Keith, then moves through his tie-up with manager Chas Chandler to the recording of debut album Are You Experienced.
All is By My Side was being written and directed by John Ridley, who also penned Three Kings and U-Turn. It was shot in Ireland over six weeks last year, but endured a difficult pre-production phase, with Hendrix’s sister Janie insisting it couldn’t be made without her permission – and that she wouldn’t give it.
The exact premiere date will be confirmed next month. Meanwhile, a director’s cut edition of documentary Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero will launch on October 7. Narrated by Slash, the presentation concentrates on the music rather as well as the man. The new edition includes previously unreleased archive footage, extended interviews and five hours of extra material.
Last year Hendrix’s favourite Fender Stratocaster sold at auction for £237,000. The iconic musician loved the black guitar so much that he swapped it for a cheaper model just before raising a fire on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. In June a 1969 Hendrix concert poster sold for $4000.
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