Watch a Clip from the Jimi Hendrix Biopic ‘All Is by My Side’
It still doesn’t seem to have a U.S. release date, but the Jimi Hendrix biopic ‘All Is by My Side‘ is scheduled to arrive in U.K. theaters later this summer — and you can get an advance look at a scene from the movie right here.
As reported by Ain’t It Cool News, this first look clip, which we’ve embedded above, finds Hendrix (as played by Andre Benjamin, a.k.a. Andre 3000 of OutKast) chatting up Keith Richards‘ ex-girlfriend, Linda Keith (Imogen Poots).
If you were hoping to see Benjamin performing any of Hendrix’s classic cuts — perhaps ‘Hey Joe,’ which legend has it he was first exposed to by Keith — don’t bother; as we’ve previously reported, director John Ridley clashed with the Hendrix estate over rights issues and creative control, forcing production to advance without his music. As drummer Kenny Aronoff told us, he was part of a recording session that found an all-star band of session ringers laying down tracks like ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Killing Floor.’
‘All Is by My Side’ premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, where it was greeted with positive reviews from major publications. While longtime Hendrix fans might miss the music, but as a viewing experience, the movie seems to hold up surprisingly well, considering its long and tortured birth; as Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman wrote, “This is a movie made not with obligatory biopic beats but with verve and freedom, and offhand, I can’t think of a better way to honor the genius of Hendrix.”