ByDave Conley, writer at
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Jimi Hendrix is an American treasure. No one is more representative of rock music in the late 60's. From the time he appeared at the Monterrey Pop festival, setting the music scene as well as his guitar on fire, until the time he died on September 18, 1970 he was a major influence on the soundtrack to the psychedelic Experience. It's just a shame his revolutionary music had to be discovered in England!

From the film Jimi: All is by my Side
From the film Jimi: All is by my Side

Everyone knows the music, and the pictures on the t-shirts and posters but not many people realize how the young guitarist arrived at the Monterrey Pop Festival. This movie tells that story. It is not a bio pic. It shows how in just over a year a young back up guitarist named Jimmy James who played for acts like Little Richard, The Isley Bros. and Wilson Pickett went to England and became Jimi Hendrix. It ends when he makes his triumphant return to the states at the Monterrey Pop Festival to become one of the most endeared and respected guitarists in Rock and Roll history.

Described by writer-director John Ridley ("U-Turn", "Three Kings", "12 Years a Slave") as one of the most rarely told stories in rock history. The film features OutKast’s André (Andre 3000) Benjamin who stars as Jimi Hendrix and I can't believe how well he captures the spirit of one of my favorite musicians ever.

Looking Jimi!
Looking Jimi!

JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE also stars Hayley Atwell ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), Imogen Poots ("28 Weeks Later"), Andrew Buckley ("Borgia"), and Ruth Negga ("World War Z").

Although the film premiered at last years Toronto film festival and SXSW and has a 91% fresh on rotten tomatoes the release had been held up by The Hendrix estate by refusing to allow the producers the rights to any of Hendrix's music. The soundtrack includes songs that Hendrix actually performed in London clubs like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts club band (5 days after it was released) and others sung by Benjamin.

Now the long awaited film [Jimi: All Is by My Side](movie:396223) has finally received a release date. It hits American theaters September 26, 2014.


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