July 3, 2012


Andre 3000 Recording Beatles, Muddy Waters Covers for Jimi Hendrix Biopic

Stephen Lovekin
Stephen Lovekin

What's the most important thing to have when you're making a biopic about a musician? If you answered "the rights to their music," you are obviously not one of the producers of All Is By My Side, the upcoming movie about Jimi Hendrix starring Andre 3000. But they've found a solution: The OutKast mastermind will record new versions of tracks by the Beatles, Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley and others that Hendrix was famous for covering.

So, earlier this May, Experience Hendrix LLC caught wind of news that the Hendrix movie had begun filming in Ireland and released a statement saying the biopic could not use any of the late guitar genius' original music without the estate's "full participation." Bummer.

Either talks between the film's producers and Hendrix's estate never happened or they were unable to reach an acceptable agreement, because the producers of All Is By My Side recently told Rolling Stone the film will feature not one Hendrix original.

Instead, Andre 300 will performing remakes of the covers Hendrix was famous for. To be fair, a portion of Hendrix's legend is contingent upon his mind-shatteringly good versions of songs like The Troggs' "Wild Thing," Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" and "The Star-Spangled Banner," so it's not so ridiculous that a Hendrix biopic will be made without any Hendrix originals. Just very unfortunate.

The producers have confirmed the film will also feature Hendrix's rendition of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," which Hendrix performed in London just three days after the album's release while Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience. A cover of the Elvis-associated "Hound Dog" will also appear in the film, but the presence of Hendrix's most famous cover—Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower"—has neither been confirmed nor denied for inclusion in the film.

What do you think? Is a Hendrix biopic worth making without any of his original songs? Keep in mind that Todd Haynes directed a pretty great film essentially about David Bowie (Velvet Goldmine) without using any of the Thin White Duke's originals. Tell us what you think below.