With the release of Jimi: All Is By My Side, fans have glimpsed Andre 3000 in his starring role as Jimi Hendrix. The rapper holds his own in the biographical film, giving a great portrayal of the legendary rock star. Of course, the OutKast star isn’t the first musician tapped to depict an iconic artist on the big screen.
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Artists love their music, they love their fans, but they usually don’t have much love for the music business itself. As a loose confederation of small recording studios gave way to the lucrative music industry of the mid-20th century, shrewd moguls began scamming money out of over-eager musicians via unfair recording contracts. These pinned most of the label’s expenses on the artist while most of the profits ended up in the pockets of greedy label execs. Plenty of musicians have been screwed by the business, but what are some of the worst disputes involving artists and crappy contracts?
The highly anticipated Jimi Hendrix biographical film, Jimi: All Is By My Side, opens today in select cities. The movie explores the late legend’s life from 1966 through 1967, just ahead of his U.S. breakthrough. However, Hendrix won’t be the only musician at the forefront of viewers’ minds. Andre Benjamin a.k.a. Andre 3000 shines in the lead role as the rock star, the rapper’s first major film role in six years.
Tonight Gwen Stefani debuts as a judge on NBC’s hit-singing competition The Voice, and there’s no doubt the platinum blonde singer knows enough about the music business to mentor young hopefuls. She toiled in indie ska-punk circles and paid her dues before finding success in the late 1990s with No Doubt and has reinvented herself during her solo stint in the aughts. But it’s been a minute since she released any new music and that got us wondering, does Gwen Stefani still rock? The answer is a resounding yes.
If rock history has taught us anything it’s that for a band to achieve any longevity they better be prepared to drop members and pick up some new ones along the way. Yes, there are some legendary and long-running groups that still have all their original members, but the pressures of what it takes to succeed in music – the endless tours, the long hours in the studio, the financial stress- leads many to an inevitable split due to personal or “artistic” differences. Those changes have led some groups to amass small armies of past members.
Janet Jackson began her solo musical career more than 30 years ago as the fresh-faced baby sister of her famous older brothers. But starting with 1986′s Control and reaching full flight with 1989′s Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, Janet matured into an artist equal to any elder Jackson and a grown women in full command of her status as a budding sex symbol. Read more…