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Jimi Hendrix biopic could lack Hendrix songs

Posted by Glenn Yoder  May 10, 2012 04:23 PM

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Jimi Hendrix (left) at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 of rap duo Outkast, is set to play the legendary guitarist in a proposed biopic.

A proposed Jimi Hendrix biopic could possibly feature no original songs from the legendary guitarist after his estate released a statement speaking out against the film's production and the use of Hendrix material, according to Billboard.

Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and administrator of the Jimi Hendrix music and publishing catalog has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.

Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 of rap duo Outkast, is set to star as Hendrix in "All is By My Side," with John Ridley ("Three Kings") writing and directing. Despite shooting scheduled to begin in Ireland later this month, the movie can't feature any music from Hendrix without working out a deal with the estate, according to the Wall Street Journal. Experience Hendrix says it has "not ruled out" a biopic, but it would "have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions."

The Wall Street Journal also reports that the 2000 Showtime movie “Hendrix” found a loophole by using cover versions of Hendrix songs. Of course, a deal for the original music could still be worked out -- perhaps with singer Cee-Lo Green, who bought a chunk of the Hendrix catalog in 2007, as Spin notes.

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