The Jimi Hendrix estate and the producers of the Hendrix biopic "All Is By My Side" seem to be at a stalemate. Or are they? Although the flick, which stars Andre Benjamin, is already deep into production, Experience Hendrix LLC released a statement last month that the estate "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."
However, producer Sean McKittrick has a swift rebuttal, which is that "All is By My Side" doesn't even include any of the music that the Hendrix estate has claim to. So there. "This is the story of Jimi being discovered as a backup musician and how he went to London and became Jimi Hendrix," McKittrick told "Rolling Stone."
Thus, the music in the movie will consist of Benjamin (aka the ultra-dapper Andrea 3000) performing covers of the songs that Hendrix himself covered in his early career. The producers only had to get legal permission for classics like "Hound Dog," "Wild Thing," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and other songs whose rights are held by their respective owners -- not the Hendrix estate.
Not only does this completely take the wind out of the estate's sails, but it also offers a fresh look at the guitar legend. Sure, we all know the musician who wowed tripping crowds at Woodstock, but what about the guy behind the "Purple Haze"? "All is By My Side" seeks to answer that question, even though his estate's retort is that making a movie about the superstar without his original music "would be like making a movie about Lincoln without being able to use the Gettysburg Address."
Tell that to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Okay, that's a bad example, but you know what we mean.