Hendrix Biopic – Andre 3000’s First Picture On Set

Hendrix, played by Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin)

The first photo of Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in ‘All Is By My Side’

Hendrix is the most famous of all guitarists, and quite possibly the most renowned Fender Stratocaster player of all time. To try and emulate an icon of his stature would seem to be a task of Herculean proportions. However, it emerged last year that Outkast rapper Andre 3000 was to take on the role of playing Hendrix, in forthcoming biopic, ‘All is By My Side’. The film centres on the guitarist’s earlier years, his time in the UK, and the recording of the seminal album, ‘Are You Experienced?’

Fender Classic Series '70s Stratocaster

The hip-hop star, whose real name is Andre Benjamin, has been previously cast in movies alongside the likes Mark Wahlberg (Four Brothers) and Will Ferrell, there is little doubt that his role as Hendrix is his biggest to date. There has been much discussion regarding his suitability to the role, some stating that he is too familiar as a musical performer, which could prove to be too distracting. However, as filming began in Dublin, the early shot of Benjamin in costume (picture above) seem likely to dispel this objection.

Jimi Hendrix

Will the film feature Hendrix’s Music?

‘All Is By My Side’ has faced some fairly sizable obstacles to reach this point. Not least of these is that fact that the Hendrix Estate has not supported the project. It stated that ‘…no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation’. This means that the film may not be able to use any of Hendrix’s music.

Quite how it would be possible to produce the film without access to his musical back catalogue remains to be seen, though according to Classic Rock Magazine, Chickenfoot drummer Kenny Aronoff has been in the studio, recording Hendrix and Cream tracks. Promising stuff…

Whether the film features Hendrix ‘s music or not, it should be interesting viewing for guitarists, with plenty of Marshall Amps, and smashed/ burning Fender Stratocasters (as long as they give their permission, of course…)

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