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Born: May 27, 1975
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix
Born: November 27, 1942
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Death: September 18, 1970, Kensington, London, England (complications from a drug overdose)
Born: June 3, 1989
London, England, UK
Birthplace: West Hampstead, England, UK
Born: April 5, 1982
London, England, UK
Born: June 18, 1946
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England, UK
Born: September 1, 1974
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Born: March 4, 1933
Birthplace: Peckham, London, UK
Death: March 5, 1973, Nantes, France (plane crash - mid-air collision)
Born: December 18, 1938
Birthplace: Heaton, Newcastle, UK
Death: July 17, 1996, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (aortic aneurysm)
Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Born: March 30, 1945
Birthplace: Ripley, Surrey, England, UK
The Jimi: All Is by My Side true story reveals that writer and director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) was unable to get the rights to Hendrix-written songs from the Jimi Hendrix estate (Experience Hendrix LLC). At the beginning of the movie, this isn't a huge deal because early in his career Hendrix was mostly performing covers. However, the absence of Hendrix's staple songs at the Monterey Pop Festival is more noticeable (the movie ends with Hendrix on his way to the festival). "Foxy Lady", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Can You See Me" and "Purple Haze" were all performed by Hendrix at the real festival and are absent from the movie. -NPR
The All Is by My Side movie covers Jimi Hendrix's life from 1966-67, beginning with him playing as a backup guitarist in New York's Cheetah Club to his rise to stardom via London's music scene. The film culminates with Hendrix at the airport en route to his literally incendiary performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in California in mid-June of 1967.
Yes. André Benjamin, whose stage name is André 3000, is a co-founding member of the hip-hop group OutKast. He does his own singing in the film. -NPR
No, and it didn't help much that Benjamin had to learn to play guitar left-handed for the movie. "One of the hardest parts [was] I'm a right-hand guitar player. I'm a horrible right-hand guitar player," says Benjamin. "I wouldn't even call myself a guitar player; I just pick it up and fiddle with it every now and then. When it came time to do the left-hand thing ... it's almost like walking backwards and making walking backwards look normal." It should be noted that André Benjamin is only mimicking Hendrix in the movie. In fact, we don't hear the real Jimi Hendrix. Instead, guitarist Waddy Wachtel provides Jimi's guitar licks. -NPR
No. The real Kathy Etchingham, who dated Hendrix between 1966 and 1969, says that the scene that depicts Hendrix (André Benjamin) beating up her character with a telephone is "completely made up." In fact, Ms. Etchingham was so disturbed by the movie depicting their relationship as an abusive one, she has considered taking legal action against the filmmakers. "If I don't, it'll just get repeated and repeated and it'll become the truth."
Kathy, whose full name is Kathleen Mary Etchingham, says that screenwriter and director John Ridley never consulted her for the movie. She told the Daily Mail Online that she had even contacted Ridley and offered to help at no cost, but never heard back. Kathy further addressed the Jimi: All Is by My Side true story by saying that her relationship with Jimi Hendrix wasn't the only thing that the movie got wrong.
Yes. Jimi believed the jacket to be from 1898. He had purchased it from the London thrift store "I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet" located at 293 Portobello Road in Notting Hill. It was a popular shopping spot for other '60s rock stars as well, including John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. Like in the movie, the real Jimi Hendrix and Kathy Etchingham were stopped by five or six British police officers. One of the officers told Jimi that he shouldn't be wearing the jacket because "Men fought and died in that uniform." Jimi informed the officer that it was a Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) jacket. -Newsweek.com
Yes. British Vogue model Linda Keith began dating Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in 1963. The pair split up in 1966 when Linda was busy launching Jimi Hendrix's career. After learning that Jimi had hawked his own guitar, Linda gave him Richards' white Fender Stratocaster, the instrument that would forever symbolize Jimi's legendary technique.
Keith Richards has described Linda as "the one that first broke my heart." He co-wrote the song "Ruby Tuesday" about her. Ironically, Richards at one point was so concerned with Linda's drug use and the bad crowd she was hanging out with in New York, he contacted her father who made her go back to England. This was prior to Richard's own heavy involvement with drugs. -TheGuardian.com
Yes. In late May of 1966, Linda Keith walked into The Cheetah Club in New York with her model friends. Curtis Knight and the Squires were playing on stage and Jimi Hendrix was on guitar. She didn't care much for the band but she was blown away by Jimi. At the end of their set, she invited Jimi over to her table. Like in the All Is by My Side movie, they went back to her apartment where they discussed Jimi going solo and Linda introduced Jimi to LSD. By the end of the evening, he had become her protégé.
After a less than impressive performance in front of her boyfriend Keith Richard's band, The Rolling Stones, she convinced Animals bass player Chas Chandler to check out Hendrix. Like in the All Is by My Side movie, Chandler witnessed Jimi play on August 2, 1966 at the Cafe Wah? in Manhattan. Of the performance, Chandler would later comment, "He was the best guitar player I had ever heard." This defining moment opened the doorway for Jimi's rise to stardom.
Yes. This is one of the more well-known incidents associated with Jimi Hendrix. In fact, Jimi Hendrix's June 18, 1967 guitar burning at the Monterey Pop Festival left such a memorable impact that it was immortalized by McFarlane Toys in 2004 (pictured below, right). The Jimi Hendrix figure is available on eBay.
Though a few critics and columnists have conjectured that the All Is by My Side character Ida, portrayed by Ruth Negga, could possibly represent either Betty Mabry (aka Betty Davis) or groupie Devon Wilson, we have found nothing definitive to confirm this. In a press packet for the film, actress Ruth Negga does mention director Ridley gathering information about Devon Wilson, which helped her to prepare for the role. Yet, for the most part, Ida seems to be a largely fictional character made up by screenwriter/director John Ridley. In the movie, Hendrix ditches girlfriend Kathy Etchingham for Ida.
Hendrix died in his sleep on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27 from asphyxiation due to a drug overdose.
Further examine the Jimi: All Is by My Side true story by watching video of the real Jimi Hendrix burning his guitar on stage (at the Monterey Pop Festival), upstaging Eric Clapton, and discussing his feelings about the state of music in the late 1960s.
Jimi Hendrix Upstages Eric Clapton
Watch a short clip from the first episode
"Birth of Rock" from the BBC documentary
Seven Ages of Rock. It features
Jimi Hendrix upstaging Eric Clapton. Jimi
comes on stage to jam with Eric Clapton's
wildly popular band Cream and performs a
mind-blowing version of "Killing Floor".
Clapton doesn't even attempt to join in
and instead leaves the stage.
Jimi Hendrix Guitar Burning
Jimi Hendrix lights his guitar on fire at
the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The famous
performance features Hendrix burning his
guitar using lighter fluid and then
tossing the can of lighter fluid into the
fire (not recommended). He picks up his
guitar and at first tries to smash the
can, then he lets loose swinging his
guitar into the stage until it breaks in
Jimi Hendrix Performs The Star-Spangled Banner - Woodstock (1969)
Jimi Hendrix's unorthodox Woodstock
performance of America's National Anthem,
"The Star-Spangled Banner", ignited
controversy in August of 1969. Hendrix was
originally scheduled to close out
Woodstock on Sunday night, but he didn't
end up taking the stage until Monday
morning, after most of the crowd had left.
Still, his performance lived on through
recordings and was heard and seen by both
his fans and his detractors. It is
considered by many to be the defining
performance of Woodstock.
Jimi Hendrix Sgt. Pepper's "Watch Out for Your Ears" Performance
Just two days after The Beatles released
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in
1967, Jimi Hendrix took the stage at the
Saville Theater in London and performed a
guitar-shredding interpretation of the
song. Prior to starting to play, he warned
the audience (which included Beatles band
member Paul McCartney), "Watch out for
Jimi Hendrix Interview on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)
Watch the Jimi Hendrix interview from
The Dick Cavett Show in 1969.
Jimi talks about performing at Woodstock,
the lack of violence at the festival, and
his performance of the National Anthem. He
humbly responds to being called "one of
the best guitar players in the world," a
moniker that lived on and has become
synonymous with Hendrix. He says that he
doesn't read music. He also states that he
doesn't ever see himself getting married.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Interview (1968)
Terry David Mulligan interviews The Jimi
Hendrix Experience in Vancouver on
September 7, 1968. Jimi talks about the
state of music in London following The
Beatles, saying that things are "all
screwed up" because people are "stuck on
ballads and pop." The band also discusses
their upcoming album Electric
Ladyland, and Jimi talks about how
much better music is then compared to the
days of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. The
problem, he says, is that people don't
Jimi: All Is by My Side Trailer
OutKast's André Benjamin stars as
Jimi Hendrix in this biopic from
writer-director John Ridley (12 Years
a Slave). The film spans a year
in Hendrix's life from 1966-67, during
which time he went from being an unknown
backup guitarist playing New York's
Cheetah Club to making his mark on
London's music scene, culminating with him
en route to his Monterey Pop Festival