Andre 3000 Covering Beatles, Muddy Waters for Jimi Hendrix Biopic
Published Jul 03, 2012Despite Andre 3000 being cast as Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic All Is by My Side, chances are good we won't experience the Outkast member singing any of the late guitar icon's tunes on the silver screen. It turns out, however, that Andre will be covering some of the songs Hendrix had covered in the earliest part of his career.
Rolling Stone reports that Andre 3000 will record a handful of tracks to be used in All Is by My Side that Hendrix was known to play while he was making the circuit in London in '66 and '67. Some of the tracks include the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (a track Hendrix had performed in a club with some of the Fab Four in the audience), Muddy Waters's "Mannish Boy" and Elmore James's "Bleeding Heart," plus the oft-covered "Wild Thing" and "Hound Dog."
Andre will also tackle "Future Trip" and "Driving South," two songs performed by the New York-based Curtis Knight and the Squires, with whom Hendrix played before heading to England.
The new recordings will feature a crack team of recording sessions vets that includes guitarist Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks), bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins) and drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins).
Considering the Experience Hendrix estate still has not given the movie its blessing, Hendrix's own compositions will not be used in the film, though producer Sean McKittrick doesn't seem fazed by the omitted originals.
"This is the story of Jimi being discovered as a backup musician and how he went to London and became Jimi Hendrix," he told Rolling Stone, adding that the film will focus on early events like Hendrix jamming with Eric Clapton instead of a full career overview. "That would be like making a movie about Kurt Cobain. We all know how that story ends."
Experience Hendrix, meanwhile, doesn't agree with the film's proposed focus. "They want to make a Jimi Hendrix movie without Jimi Hendrix music," a representative said. "It would be like making a movie about Lincoln without being able to use the Gettysburg Address."
Principal photography for the film has just wrapped up in Ireland, and producers are aiming for a 2013 release. A soundtrack album featuring the Andre 3000-fronted covers is also in discussion.