Jimi: All Is by My Side
Cast: Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley, Ruth Negga, Tom Dunlea, Oliver Bennett
Genre: Music Docudrama
Country of Origin: UK 2013 mins.
Released by CURZON FILM RELEASING
'A year in Jimi Hendrix's life before rock fame.'
Unable to secure the rights of Jimi Hendrix's original songs or recordings John Ridley has come up with an entertaining glimpse of a year in Jimi Hendrix's life from 1966-67.
When Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) sees Jimi,an unknown backup guitarist playing New York's Cheetah Club he's her discovery and persuades him to come to London. Teaming up with the Animals bass guitarist Chas Chandler (Andrew Buckley) who's decided to go into management and getting on board bass player Noel Redding (Oliver Bennett) and drummer Mitch Mitchell (Tom Dunlea) we glimpse the beginnings of The Experience. This is the shy, insecure, softly spoken Jimi Hendrix who would later triumph at Monterey and beyond, a young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend. There's a bit of artistic licence and It hasn't gone down too well with Kathy Etchingham (Hayley Atwell), Jimi's long-term girlfriend but it's an interesting glance at Hendrix before rock fame. Pity there's no music.