Jimi Hendrix Biopic Producer Explains Movie's Focus

(Classic Rock) The producer of Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side insists the movie works well despite the absence of any of the icon's music. Jimi: All Is By My Side receives its US premiere this week. It's expected to be released in the UK in the late summer.

Janie Hendrix, who runs the guitarist's estate, refused to give permission for any of his material to be used. So Danny Bramson signed up a band consisting of guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Kenny Aronoff to record original music alongside new versions of covers Hendrix performed in his lifetime.

Bramson tells Billboard: "I was never preoccupied with getting the iconic material. I felt strongly in trying to go for an interpretation of Hendrix and the musical environment that surrounded him, and mirrored his sense of finding himself as a guitarist."

The movie features Outkast star Andre '3000′ Benjamin in the starring role - and Bramson says the hip-hop artist worked hard to master left-handed guitar playing in order to bring authenticity to his performance. Read what he had to say here.

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