Outkast’s André 3000 plays Jimi Hendrix in ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’

‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ will see a US release on September 26, 2014 with Outkast’s André 3000 in the lead.

“For me it’s (music) colors. I want people to feel the music the way I see it! The rest is just painted with a little science fiction, here and there,” says Jimi Hendrix, played by Outkast’s André 3000 in ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’, releasing in the US on September 26, 2014.

Written and directed by John Ridley, who won his first Academy Award in 2014 for ‘12 Years a Slave’ the biopic will be one of the most rarely told stories in the history of rock.  

The role of legendary institution of psychedelic rock in the late 60s is enacted by André Benjamin, a.k.a Andre 3000, in the film that traces the guitarist’s moments right about the time before he shot to fame–from being an unknown American musician Jimmy James, playing at the Cheetah Club in New York to the famous Monterey Pop Festival in London where he became Jimi Hendrix.

Although the film does not include any songs written by Hendrix, as Ridley was denied the rights to use them by Hendrix’s estate, Experience Hendrix LLC, the director has weaved in period hits of Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy and The Seeds that were raging shortly before the guitarist’s debut album ‘Are You Experienced’ was released in May 1967.

The musical score instead also features Hendrix’s covers of Chip Taylor’s ‘Wild Thing’ and the 1967 Beatles sensastion ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, which Jimi performed at the Saville Theatre in London’s West End shortly after it release.

Set in London in 1966 and 1967,  ‘Jimi: All Is By My SIde’ also features Imogen Poots (’28 Weeks Later’) as Linda Keith, Hayley Atwell (‘Captain America: The First Avenger’) as Kathy Etchingham and Ruth Negga (‘World War Z’) as Ida. They play Hendrix’s love interests and muses, who inspired songs like ‘Foxey Lady’ and ‘The Wind Cries Mary’. 

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