Kast out! Andr 3000 barred from singing Jimi Hendrix's songs in upcoming film by icon's estate
18:36 GMT, 5 July 2012
There’s just one problem about Andr 3000’s new Jimi Hendrix film – it won’t have any of the icon's music in it.
The OutKast singer has been told by the late star’s estate that he cannot perform any of the legendary guitarist’s self-penned tracks.
Jimi’s sister Janie, who controls the estate, refused to give the movie’s producers the rights to his back catalogue of music.
Andre 3000 on the Dublin set of his Jimi Hendrix film, which has been refused permission to feature any of the guitarists songs
Instead, All Is 0703″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>Rolling Stone, Janie Hendrix’s company Experience Hendrix LLC issued a statement warning it ‘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’.
Jimi Hendrix playing his guitar during his set at the Woodstock in 1969
Instead, the soundtrack will only feature covers such as The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower, and maybe even his famous version of the US national anthem The Star Spangled Banner.
But anyone hoping to hear the likes of Purple Haze or Voodoo Chile might want to bring their iPod to the cinema.
The film’s producer Sean McKittrick claims he never even approached the Hendrix family for permission and that he never wanted to use the songs anyway, instead focusing on Jimi’s early career.
‘This is the story of Jimi being discovered as a backup musician and how he went to London and became Jimi Hendrix,’ he said, adding that covering his whole life ‘would be like making a movie about Kurt Cobain. We all know how that story ends’.
Both Jimi and Kurt – like a host of other tragic young artists – died at the age of 27. Last year Amy Winehouse became the latest member of the infamous 27 Club.
The Hendrix estate meanwhile have scoffed at the idea of a film without the musician’s own hits.
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‘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.’
The film is written and directed by John Ridley, who wrote the 1999 George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg film, Three Kings.
It also stars Irish newcomer Danny McColgan, son of Riverdance director John McColgan and producer Moya Doherty, who will play musician and friend of Hendrix, Eric Clapton.