Outkast‘s Andre “3000” Benjamin will play Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic All Is By My Side, but he won’t actually get to try on any of the psychedelic guitar god’s originals on for size. According to Rolling Stone, Hendrix’s estate has put the kibosh on that. And so, as it turns out, Andre Benjamin’s Jimi Hendrix experience might be Hendrix-less after all. Sort of.
Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company that over see’s Hendrix’s legacy, has asked that the biopic — which is currently in production in Dublin — not include original music or copyrights created by Hendrix. Because the film is meant to cover the years ahead of Hendrix’s landmark debut, Are You Experienced?, director John Ridley has opted instead to use some of Hendrix’s most famous covers. And so in lieu of Andre Benjamin remakes of “Purple Haze” and “All Along The Watchtower,” we’ll get Andre Benjamin covers of Jimi Hendrix covers of the Beatles, Elvis, Muddy Waters, and more. Not such a bad compromise, if you ask us!
The Jimi Hendrix experience has always been far greater than the sum of Hendrix originals. It is not only “Foxy Lady,” but also the time he unwittingly covered “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in front of the Beatles themselves, or the way he rendered “The Star Spangled Banner” relevant to the crowds at Woodstock. Hendrix could make a Jimi Hendrix experience of anything, his aura was so strong and his guitar playing so epic. Benjamin, similarly, seems to have a way of lending that 3K spirit to whatever it is he does — musically, theatrically, or otherwise. We can’t wait to see what he does with this!