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See Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side Trailer

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ROCK biopics are always fun, even if they’re not always good. There’s been mixed movies, from The Runaways to The Doors, from Ray to What We Do Is Secret. Even the crappy ones are still worth a look because, even if the storytelling and acting is lousy, at least the music will be great.

And so, we’re looking down the barrel of a Jimi Hendrix biopic and there’s a lot riding on it.

Why? Well, Hendrix was a smooth, fascinating character with a preposterous talent and a gentle soul – that’s not easy to capture. Moreover, Outkast’s brilliant Andre 3000/Benjamin is playing the title role. There’s no-one on Earth who wants this to fail.

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Posted: 8th, July 2014 | In: Film, Music | Comment


Hey Lulu: The stoned and brilliant performance that saw Jimi Hendrix banned from the BBC

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ON January 4, 1969 Jimi Hendrix appeared on Happening for Lulu. Sharing the bill with Pan’s People, Badfinger and Johnny Harris, Hendrix and his Experience would perform a duet with the Shout singer at the BBC’s London studios. Well, they were supposed to. But it never did happen.

Charles R Cross recalls what occurred in his book Room Full of Mirrors. After breaking into Hey Joe, as arranged and introduced by the pop Pixie, Hendrix had enough:

“We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to The Cream, regardless of what kind of group they may be in, dedicate to Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce”.

The band then began playing Sunshine of Your Love.

Hendrix told his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (pictured above in 1969): “I’m not going to sing with Lulu. I’d look ridiculous.”

Noel Redding writes in his book Are You Experienced? The Inside Story of The Jimi Hendrix Experience:

“We cringed,… [tit was] so straight it was only natural that we would try to combat that atmosphere by having a smoke in our dressing room…In our haste, the lump of hash got away and slipped down the sink drainpipe. Panic! We just couldn’t do this show straight–Lulu didn’t approve of smoking! She was then married to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, whom I’d visited and shared a smoke with. I could always tell Lulu was due home when Maurice started throwing open all the windows. Anyway, I found a maintenance man and begged tools from him with the story of a lost ring. He was too helpful, offering to dismantle the drain for us. It took ages to dissuade him, but we succeeded in our task and had a great smoke.”

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Photo: Lulu marries Maurice Gibb of the pop group the Bee Gees at the Parish church, Gerrard’s Cross in Buckinghamshire on 18/02/1969.

Redding adds:

“This was fun for us, but producer Stanley Dorfman didn’t take it at all well as the minutes ticked by on his live show. Short of running onto the set to stop us or pulling the plug, there was nothing he could do. We played past the point where Lulu might have joined us, played through the time for talking at the end, played through Stanley tearing his hair, pointing to his watch and silently screaming at us. We played out the show. Afterwards, Dorfman refused to speak to us but the result is one of the most widely used bits of film we ever did. Certainly, it’s the most relaxed.”

Posted: 28th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment


RIP Reg Presley: the star who let others shine

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Posted: 5th, February 2013 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment


Ironic last words – what they said right before they died

IN a textbook case of tempting fate, Californian rapper Erwin McKiness – aka Jew’elz and Inkyy, whose fateful Twitter picture is reproduced below – was killed in a suspected drink-driving accident after apparently tweeting the famous rap refrain, ‘You Only Live Once’. Or to be more accurate: “Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F**kItYOLO”

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Posted: 14th, September 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


Hey Ya? Hey Joe? OutKast’s André 3000 to play Jimi Hendrix

LOOKING out at the world, there’s not many people who have matched Jimi Hendrix’s joy of raiding the dressing-up box and living life as a pop star peacock, with wild hair, irresistible hips and effectively looking like they’ve just dropped in from Planet Funk.

After Jimi came Parliament with George and Bootsy, then Rick James and Prince and more recently, Andre 3000 who is a man who likes to play with sound just as much as a pair of stacked heels and floor-length fluorescent coat. With that, it makes perfect sense that the OutKast harlequin should be given the nod to play Hendrix in a new biopic.

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Posted: 8th, May 2012 | In: Music | Comment (1)


Jimi Hendrix’s Death Remembered In Cumberland Hotel Puke Suite (Photos)

JIMI Hendrix died 40 years ago tomorrow, so what better way to mark his premature passing in room 507 at the Samargkand Hotel on September 18th 1970 than by sticking a waxy statue of the man in a hotel room at London’s Cumberland Hotel and having housekeeper Miroslava Ryczko dust it?

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17. Receptionist Martina Bukovanova with a wax figure of Jimi Hendrix, on loan courtesy of Madame Tussauds, on show in a suite at the Cumberland hotel in central London to mark the 40th anniversary of his death on 18th September 2010.

Says the press release of the – get this – Hendrix Suite:

The suite is designed to inspire its visitors from the instant they enter; to capture the ethos of Hendrix and ultimately be a sanctuary where Hendrix himself would have enjoyed spending time.

They must be kicking themselves over at the Samarkand, if they not choking on their own puke…

Posted: 17th, September 2010 | In: Music | Comments (2)