Andre 3000 to Cover The Beatles in Hendrix Biopic
Although the guitar legend's estate still isn't allowing filmmakers to use his music, the actor will cover a number of classic songs from other artists.
Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin will cover classic songs by the Beatles, Muddy Waters and Chip Taylor in All Is By My Side, the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic in which the Outkast rapper stars as the legendary guitarist. One artist that Benjamin will not be covering in the film, though, is Hendrix himself.
According to Rolling Stone, All Is By My Side, which is currently being filmed in Ireland, will feature Benjamin performing reinterpretations of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Waters' "Mannish Boy," Taylor's "Wild Thing" and "Hound Dog," among other songs. However, Experience Hendrix LLC, which runs the Hendrix estate, still will not let All Is By My Side use any copyrighted Hendrix material, after issuing a statement last month explaining its lack of participation in the film project.
Instead, All Is By My Side will focus on Hendrix's time as a young artist in London in 1966-67, prior to the release of his debut album, Are You Experienced. "The storyline of All Is By My Side focuses on the early days of Jimi's career, when his performances largely consisted of innovative interpretations of existing songs," reads a statement from Benjamin's rep. "These are the performances that got him discovered, blew everyone's minds and helped him become the icon he became."
Directed by John Ridley, All Is By My Side is expected to hit theaters in 2013 after principal photography wraps this week. Benjamin recorded the covers for the film in Los Angeles with Waddy Wachtel, Leland Sklar and Kenny Aronoff; a soundtrack that gathers the rapper's reinterpretations is also being mulled.