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Playing Jimi Hendrix Saved Andre 3000

08/29/2014
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(Classic Rock) Andre Benjamin, aka Outkast's Andre 3000, says playing Jimi Hendrix in a biopic about the legendary guitarist saved him. The movie, rtitled Jimi: All Is By My Side, was written and directed by John Ridley and focuses on Hendrix's life and career between 1966-67.

It's considered controversial by some close to the guitar icon for containing violent scenes they insist never took place. But Benjamin tells the New York Times: "Playing Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut.

"Sometimes when you're alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn't let them down." More on this story and the trailer here.

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