Hendrix biographical film still without Hendrix music
I still find it amazing that the Jimi Hendrix biographical film is filming and yet there still remains no agreement to use any of Hendrix's music in the film. This is especially strange considering such a talented musician and a not bad actor is playing the leading role.
So no surprise then to find out he will be covering some classic songs of the time for the film, although again they won't be Jimi Hendrix songs.
André Benjamin who is playing Jimi Hendrix in the Jimi Hendrix biographical film without any Jimi Hendrix music will feature other music of the time and performed by Benjamin, the man playing Hendrix.
Confusing? Yeah I think so, but then to be fair I don't think we're going to see a Hendrix film that the Hendrix estate will sanction the use of any music too, and if they do I don't know how much of a biographical film it will be judging from the comments we've heard regarding other Hendrix film productions.
So perhaps we should be applauding the production of All Is By My Side for moving ahead and making a film about the man anyway, after all we all know his music so we don't need a film filled with his songs, we surely want a film about his life and about the man behind the music, and at least the film can deliver that.
The odd choice though, according to the story coming through The Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter is that Benjamin will perform covers of classic songs such as the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy, Chip Taylor's Wild Thing and Elvis Presley's Hound Dog. Strange choices indeed, but it also means that we'll get Benjamin performing some classic songs in character as Jimi Hendrix.
However much as it seems as though the film is ignoring Hendrix music and doing anything it can in order to give us some musical performances it isn't actually that big a deal according to the story and the events of his early career for this is what Hendrix apparently did.
A representative for André Benjamin said that the story of All Is By My Side reflects the early part of Hendrix's career and what he was known for at the time:
"The storyline of All Is By My Side focuses on the early days of Jimi's career, when his performances largely consisted of innovative interpretations of existing songs. These are the performances that got him discovered, blew everyone's minds and helped him become the icon he became."
Now I have to admit I didn't really know that, surely you would have through that the production would have been selling this from the initial whiff of bad news that the Hendrix estate weren't getting involved in allowing the songs to be used in the film? That would have been a strong comeback to tell everyone the direction of the film.
Still, I never realised that Hendrix was more known for interpreting other people's songs and making them his own, and with that news the idea of a Jimi Hendrix film without his music suddenly becomes much more palatable.
All Is By My Side will feature the soundtrack of Benjamin as Hendrix interpreting songs from the time to cover in the film and also to be released on the soundtrack one would presume. The story also reveals that Benjamin himself is considering doing his own interpretation of the same songs, possibly for a second soundtrack album.
The original article says that Benjamin has been working with some famous musicians for the soundtrack including Waddy Wachtel who has played guitar for Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt, Leland Sklar who has payed bass with James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Phil Collins, and Kenny Aronoff who has played the drums for John Mellencamp.
According to the producers of the film this isn't really a biographical film, it's the story of his early time before he became famous and wrote the songs we know him for, this is when he jammed with bands like Cream before the world knew who he was set to be.
This film suddenly sounds a lot more interesting.