Movie about Jimi Hendrix… won’t use any Jimi Hendrix music due to licensing issues

Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it. -John Lennon

There is a movie about Jimi Hendrix being made, starring Andre Benjamin (Here’s a sneak peek of Andre in the role.) I’d expect a Hendrix movie to feature all sorts of Hendrix tunes – but legal BS is happening that makes it look like the movie won’t feature any Hendrix music at all.

Hendrix’s estate has decided that it won’t license songs unless it has some sort of say in the production – which the producers won’t accept, because they want it to be clear of any bias – so, they’ve decided to use only new versions of cover songs that did. Apparently, the Hendrix estate isn’t happy about telling the “real story” – we all know how it ends. 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.

To me, Jimi Hendrix’s music is visual. One of the reasons that he was so great is because his music evokes emotion. How can a Hendrix movie not use the most perfect type of music to convey his headspace, the times, and the emotion of the culture at that time?

One Response to Movie about Jimi Hendrix… won’t use any Jimi Hendrix music due to licensing issues
  1. Steven J Garner Reply

    It’s real easy to make a movie about the music of Jimi – just play the music of anyone in any genre since that time, and there you will find music of Hendrix. He changed EVERYTHING.

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