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The Greatest Rock Biopics: From Hendrix to Guthrie

by | 6th, March 2014



BIOPICS are problematic at the best of times, but get it right and you can cement a person’s place in history forever. Especially tricky are rock biopics because, half the time, the person or people they celebrate, are still alive. Or at least, they were around not that long and you can remember if they were horrible or not.

However, some rock films are better than the actual careers of the artist they pay tribute to.

Have you seen The Doors film? That’s a daft romp through 60s fluff and nonsense with some hilarious mystical sequences and leather trousers. 10,000% better than actually having to sit down and listen to anything The Doors ever committed to record. We can whip the horses eyes? C’mon! You’d much rather see one of Meg Ryan’s boobs and laugh at Billy Idol in a hippie wig!

With a biopic of Jimi Hendrix due to drop any minute now, played by Andre 3000 from Outkast, it seems like a perfect time to look at some of the finer performances in the oeuvre.


Jimi Hendrix

Let us start with the newest and most exciting biopic in a while. ‘All is By My Side’ features Andre Benjamin as the late Hendrix. We knew he was a man who could pull off Hendrix’s wild attire, but the footage doing the rounds shows that Benjamin is more than adept at doing an impression of Jimi. Have a look.




Ray Charles

Jamie Foxx’s turn as Ray Charles is, lets be honest here, unlikely to be beaten. Never has anyone managed to completely transform themselves into another human quite like Foxx. And boy, what a voice!




The Runaways

As we know, rock biopics (and rock everything else), is a bit of a sausagefest. Thank god then, that someone decided to get Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning and get them heading up one of the most interesting and fun girl rock groups in history! Of course, the fact they were women shouldn’t matter because, in this case, ‘Cherry Bomb’ is better than anything 99% of any rock band could come up with… but there’s something extra brilliant about the tale of outlaw women in the world of rock.




Tina Turner

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