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'Scuse me while I eat my pie! JIMI HENDRIX biopic in the works!

Hey folks, Harry here... To me, I don't know if I'd really like to see a Biopic of Jimi Hendrix done... instead... I'd love to see a computer animated Fantasia/Allegro Non Troppo/Pink Floyd's The Wall style descent into the music... Call the flick... THE EXPERIENCE and just unleash the most amazing visual asskicking experience ever. That's just me probably.

Greeting Mr. Harry, long time reader, first time blah, blah, blah... Rolling Stones newest issue has an interesting tidbit about the greatest guitar player ever. It seems Jimi Hendrix's life will be made into a biopic, and playing him will be Andre 3000 from the hiphop duo Outkast. Personally, I would love to see the casting of other major players in that era's music scene. (i.e. Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, etc.) not to mention the fact that there hasn't been a decent biopic about a rock icon since The Doors. Well, I hope you find this as intriguingas I did, you can call me, Randal McMurphy.

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  • Oct. 21, 2003, 4:58 a.m. CST

    huh

    by stewiegriffin

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 5:04 a.m. CST

    making money from dead people

    by name-name-name

    ah well at least hollywood is environmentally friends, what with all this recycling.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Ever see the "Hey Ya!" video?

    by Toby O Notoby

    Gotta admit, he did a good job with that. He plays every single member of his band and manages to make the bass player a different personality from the drummer who is, in turn, different from the keyboardist. Difficulty level: 9.8.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Well, there are worse ideas

    by Heleno

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 7:01 a.m. CST

    THIS IS OLD NEWS

    by Lil Ze

    abd was reported in The Source and VIBE magazine a long while back. Oh, ok, it's new news to white people

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Fishburne Too Old???

    by Karl Childers

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 8:20 a.m. CST

    JMH

    by joeeppo

    no one could touch his guitar playing so why make a movie??? It'll be a sad old ending too! Leave the man alone!

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Actually, Lil' Ze

    by Terry_1978

    AICN does sometimes have a history of reporting stuff later than usual. On another note, Andre could do a decent job as Hendrix, seeing as how he looks similar, and his talent is in hip hop with a touch of rock and soul....I can forgive him for that Scooby-Doo soundtrack if he does this one.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Re: Fishburne

    by Bad Guy

    Yeah, I remember reading years ago, where this was Laurence Fishburne's "dream" project. This was around the time he was playing Ike Turner in "What's Love Got To Do With It". So yeah, he's probably too old. Not familiar with this rapper who's playing Jimi. Can someone put up a link to a pic of this guy? Thanks.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Andre as Hendrix

    by Terry_1978

    http://www.clubcd.com/images/outkast_ln.jpg That's him on the left...I'm feelin all iffy about having to use a pic with the dude showing the abs and all, but that was the closest one I could find with him looking remotely the part.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 9:52 a.m. CST

    holy shive

    by purplemonkeydw

    well, you've definitely caught my attention with the casting...i'll go see it... ...and harry, your idea of making this an animated "experience"...best idea since the jump to conclusions mat.

  • 'Scuse me, while i kiss the sky, brother!

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Decent!!!!

    by Mojodk

    The Doors....a decent biopic!!!!...what is that man on! It was a disgraceful potrayal of a great band. Oh and Val Kilmer was not good in it. He looked, sounded and acted nothing like Jim Morrison. Hmmm Jimi Hendrix movie? Once Oliver Stone doesn't do it...

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 9:59 a.m. CST

    by Crazy Diamond

    Is there any creative idea, that you shmucks don't diss, for one reason or another? If you blokes had any concept ot the virtuosity of Jimi's Guitar playing and persona, not to mention the terrible loss his death was for mankind (As a matter of fact I put it on the top of a list that includes the premature deaths of Brian Epstein, Bruce Lee, James Dean, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, etc), you would understand the fans' need for a flick on his life. You had the Bruce Lee movie I recall a few years ago... for instance. As for the actor, I don't really know who this guy is but he sure does look like Jimi. One thing is for sure... The day the movie comes out I'll be in the movie theatre, with a really big cup of a really popular soft drink in my lap. I'll enjoy the movie the more the directors, screenwriters and what have you stay true to the facts.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 11:02 a.m. CST

    This has already been done.

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Remember the made for Showtime Hendrix biopic. It sucked and so does Hendrix's life. You want to know about Hendrix? Buy his albums. There ain't nothing worthwhile that can be found outside of those. Oh and peace in the middle east brother my butter.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Can this Andre guy act?

    by Mister Pink

    I pretty much worship Jimi Hendrix so I'm a little worried abut this. On the one hand, i'd love to see a really good movie made of his life, on the other hand I'm afraid it will suck. One problem with movie bios is that they don't spend enough time on what made the person famous and they focus way too much on the personal life which no one gives a shit about. That Goodman Babe Ruth movie had hardly any baseball in it. That shit pisses me off. If they do this thing, I want to see extended performance scenes as well as scenes which show Jimi in studio creating new effects and crafting some of his groundbreaking albums. I DON"T want to see two hours of who Jimi is fucking next or melodramatic drug scenes or groupie girlfriends giving dramatic exit speeches about how they can't "do this anymore." I would also like to see Jimi interacting with dudes like Clapton, Townshend, the Stones and the Beatles. make it about the MUSIC, man. I don't give a shit about the bitches.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 11:18 a.m. CST

    This WILL work!

    by GravyAkira

    First off, everyone needs to go out and buy every OutKast album released. If you like a little genius in your music then you will be satisfied. Andre 3000 from the group worships Hendrix and has showed promising acting ability in Hollywood Homicide(played the guy with the "Nasty" script) and in his latest video.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I think they should make all Hulk Hogan jokes banned from this s

    by Cherub Rock

    a member of OutKast as Jimi? hmmm...to quote Jack White, i think i smell a rat. i don't expect much from this flick already.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 1:04 p.m. CST

    'scuse Me While I kiss this Guy!

    by The Merk

    Why is this site sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ssssssslllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwww!

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 4:04 p.m. CST

    OK, so the guy looks like Jimi...

    by morGoth

    ...does he know anything about guitar playing? I dunno, Jimis' was such a sad, sad story...a true genius lost to fame and drugs. Wonder if they'll get into his penchant for beating the shit out of white chicks?

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 4:49 p.m. CST

    To answer the skepticism

    by Terry_1978

    Andre's idol is Hendrix, he plays guitar, he's knowledgable of most things rock(even more so than most of the self proclaimed rockers out there), he has the look of Hendrix, he's acted alongside Harrison and Hartnett in Hollywood Homicide as well as multiple videos....that basically covers it.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 5 p.m. CST

    Re: Andre as Hendrix

    by Bad Guy

    Thanks for the link, Terry_1978. Well, he certainly resembles Hendrix. He was in "Hollywood Homicide", huh? I remember that character with the script, but don't remember if he was any good in the role. Sorry, but I'm trying to erase all memory of that P.O.S. Anyway, I agree with the person who said that hopefully it'll focus on the creation of the music, the touring, the guitar playing, his musical peers, etc. Too many biopics "do" focus on the negative crap in the person's life, ie: affairs, scandals, negative press. Just look at the movie, "Chaplin". As great as Robert Downey Jr. was in the lead role, the movie hardly ever showed Chaplin the filmmaker. It mostly focused on all the chicks he banged.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 5:27 p.m. CST

    WhiteWash

    by tensticks

    If this is the "authorised" biopic that the Hendrix Family Estate has been trying to get into works for years, then expect Jimi's life and character to be sanitized beyond description--and him be turned into a good Christian boy who never touched drugs, groupies or the Occult. For that matter, I'll be surprised if he's even played by a black man....I appreciate the content that the family has put out since 1997, but their re-writing of Jimi's character and history are every bit as reprehensible as Alan Douglas's creative and business mismanagement that the family claimed to triumph over. If it's not "warts and all" then I don't want it. And yes, belly button window IS a song about abortion.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Nirvana the Movie by Oliver Stone, starring Macauley Culkin

    by tensticks

    Expect it around 2009-2011. Courtney did it, btw.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Andre 3000...

    by supremelogic

    Here's a novel idea, how about getting an ACTOR to play Jimi? Nothing against Andre 3000 as a rapper or a huge Hendrix fan, but he's no actor. Whoever plays Hendrix has to be able to carry a 2 hour film, not do an OK job in a small role in a wack-ass summer flop. His performance in his "Hey Ya" video was not acting. Acting is creating and living a character truthfully. It goes waaay beyond lip-synching and mimicking instrument players in a music video for 3-4 minutes. This just shows that Hollywood has absolutely no respect for Black actors.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Put Jeffrey Wright on a crash diet...

    by Christopher3

    And cast him.

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 8:06 p.m. CST

    What about a Freddie Mercury movie?

    by Ivan_Mtl

    Frankly, I am surprised that nobody has produced a movie about the life and tragic death of Freddie Mercury - frontman for the hugely popular band, Queen. He was the son of a diplomat and born in Zanzibar off the coast of east Africa, was shipped to school in Bombay, and then eventually moved to Britain with his parents to complete his schooling. This alone would make for a good "fish out of water" story. Also it would be interesting to see how he and the band survived all the different music eras (Glam, disco, punk, etc.). In fact, there is a legendary meeting between Freddie and Sid Vicious which is often told. Then there is his struggle with his sexuality and how he secretly kept his illness to himself while continuing to work amidst the hordes of prying paparrazzi. At the very least, the film would have a fantastic soundtrack!

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Funniest thing about the made-for-Showtime "Hendrix" biopic: Th

    by Charles Grady

    No bullshit. The thing was so cheap, they didn't secure rights to ANY Hendrix original compositions, so they film basically showed Hendrix playing "All Along the Watchtower" for 2 freaking hours! LOL

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 8:58 p.m. CST

    jimi only tried LSD a few times?!?!

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    HAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHA LOL yeah...he stayed away from hard drugs...HAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHAHAAAHAHHAA

  • Oct. 21, 2003, 9:37 p.m. CST

    YES AND NO

    by Darkbird79

    yea to the whole biopic.....but a big nayyy to the casting decision........and yes courtney did do it!!!!!

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Wow

    by Darth Thoth

    Andre as Jimi Hendrix. I'm excited about this one. Sounds good to me.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Andre 3000 as Hendix LOL

    by kal_el42164

    I would rather see Meki Pfifer as Jimi Hendrix.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Music biopics

    by Gristle

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Music biopics

    by Gristle

    Since we're on the subject of music biopics, I'm trying to think of the best ones I've seen. The one that stands out the most right now is Hal Ashby's "Bound For Glory" with David Carradine as Woody Guthrie. Carradine gave a hell of a performance in that one. Also, I've got to mention "What's Love Got To Do With It?" because of the two revelatory lead performances.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 1:40 a.m. CST

    There already WAS a Hendrix biopic!!!

    by Rhavokk

    In 2000, starring Wood Harris, Billy Zane, Dorian Harewood and Vivica Fox (raawwwrrrr!!!). Check it out on DVD, it's an underrated gem!

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Chris Rock to play Hendrix

    by Bong

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 3:18 a.m. CST

    If there's one thing I hate . . .

    by Baseball_Fury

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 3:23 a.m. CST

    If there's one thing I hate . . .

    by Baseball_Fury

    at this site, it's when someone posts a long string of letters and the talkback gets all screwed up. Especially since it's usually someone screaming Nooooo! or going Hahahahaha! over something rather stupid. Please, Harry- put a disclaimer at the top of the talkback section, telling people NOT to do it. Do something, because it well and truly sucks!

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Who should play Jimi ?

    by Pan Demonium

    ...the black guy from the Police Academy series! ...You know, he did Hendrix guitar riffs with his mouth... eh, forget it... Pan out.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 4:02 a.m. CST

    DON CHEADLE.....

    by SIR-SLEDGE450

    Need i say more????

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I know I'm straying from the flick subject but....

    by Crazy Diamond

    When you talk about hard drugs, LSD - 25 is a hard drug anyway you look at it. It's also perhaps the hardest drug there is, because it alters the way the brain processes stimuli forever and users suffer from a mild form of schitzofrenia (spelling?), well after they have discontinued use (in some cases). Jimi and his mates all tried LSD. Jimi would usually try a bit more than anyone else that was around him. And yes he would use the "trips" as inspiration. But to fully understand this you must shift your focus. Back then it was a perfectly legal drug readily available everywhere. Not even the drug authoraties new what it really was. It wasn't fully understood by users either. There was no concept of the damage that could come from the drug use. Heroin, Cocain etc, they're all different because there was knowledge on them. Today tobacco is looked upon as a self destructive narcotic or whatever (and I agree) because there is full knowledge of what's goin on with the body, lungs and the content of the cigarette etc. To conclude I'll also say that It wasn't only Jimi who was taking it at the time. It wasn't street bums either. At the time there was a social elite consuming LSD. You can recall from the Beatles Anthology that George Harrison and John Lennon said that they were first introduced to the drug by a dentist! Even Paul McCartney who was a goody two shoes as a kid and a straight A student took LSD and I quote "About four times". Sorry about rambling on with the history lesson but I hate to read certain posts howling at the fact that "Jimi took LSD! haha how funny, lets party! lol! Shame on him" or whatever. You guys can carry talking about the movie or whatever it is you do, but lay of drug use dissing or you'll see alot more of these.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Directed by Hughes brothers

    by Qramohn

    Saw a talkshow here in Sweden last friday where Andre 3000 mentioned this Jimi Hendrix movie. He also mentioned that the Hughes brothers were supposed to direct it and they actually have asked Andre 3000 to play Jimi.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 1:31 p.m. CST

    TANANA NANA

    by CuervoJones

    actually i can

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 1:59 p.m. CST

    EDDIE GRIFFIN FOR HENDRIX!

    by Macauley_Sulkin

    And if he's kept his undercover brother wig they can save on the budget too!

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson would've been good as Hendrix...

    by Agrajag

    About twenty years ago. Sadly, he's a tad too old now. Andre 3000 is a very interesting choice, though I think it may be a good one. By the way, his new album is one of the best things to happen to music in a long time. Don't front, he doesn't rap, it's just straight hip hop, soul, funk, rock. Big Boi's is fire too.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Taking it from the top...

    by Lost Skeleton

    Takin it from the top? Tippy? Tippy? How High?.... The Ultimate High.... Scuse me as I kiss the sky Sing a song of six pence, a pocet full a rye Who the fuck wanna die for their culture Stalk the dead body like a vulture Tical get, HMMM Blacker than your blackest stallion Hit your house'n projects I represent the Shaolin my nigga Hell yes, Apocalypse now, the gun blow It be goin down, diggy diggy down diggy down down While the planets and the stars and the moons collapse When I raise my trigga finga all yall niggaz hit the decks! Cause aint no need for that, hustlers and hardcores Raw to the floor raw like Reservoir Dogs The Green-Eyed Bandit can't stand it With more Fruitier Loops then that Toucan Sam Bitch Plus, the Bombazee got me wild (Fuckin with us) is a straight suicide 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Murder 1 lyric at your door Tical bring it to that ass raw Breakin all the rules like glass jaws Nigga, you got to get mine to get yours Fucka, we dont need no rap tour I'd rather kick the facts and catch you with the rap-ture More than you bargained for Tical, that stays open like an all nite store For real, I keeps it ill like a piece of blue steel Pointed at your temple with the intent to kill And end your existance, M-E-T Ain't no use for resistance, H-O-D I bees the ultimate rush to any nigga on dust The Egyptian Musk use to have me pull mad sluts I shift like a clutch with the Ruck Examine my nuts, I dont stop till I get enough Your shit broke down, light your flare Since the darkside tears you into hollywood squares 6 million ways to die, so I chose Made it 6 million and 1 with your eyes closed The blindfold, cold, so you can feel the rap And shatter the glass and second half on your monkey ass And yo my man (Tical) hit me now Bitches use to play me now they cant forget me now Forget me not, I rock the spot, check glock Empty off a lickin off a hip hop Fuck the billboard, Im a bullet on my block How you dope when you payed for your billboard spot? Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane It's the funk doctor spock smokin buddha on a train HOW HIGH? So high that I can kiss the sky HOW SICK? So sick that you can suck my dick Look up in the sky it's a bird it's a plane Recognize, Johnny Blaze, ain't a damn thing changed HOW HIGH? So High that I can kiss the sky HOW SICK? So Sick that you can suck my dick Til my man Raider Ruckus come home It ain't really on till the Ruckus get, home Puff a meth bone, now I'm off to the red zone we don't need your dirt weed we got a fuckin O Check it, I brings havoc with my hectic Bring the Pain lyrics screamin for the antiseptic Movin on your left kid, and I'm methted, out my fuckin dome piece Plus I got no love for the beast Hailin from the big East Coast Where niggaz pack toast Home of the drug kingpins and cut throats [Hey boy, you's the rude boy on the block You try and stop the bum rush you will get popped] As I run around with a racist My style was born in the 50 stair cases Dig it, eff a rap critic He talk about it while I live it If Red got the blunt, Im the second one to hit it Look up in the, I got the verbs, nouns and glocks in ya Enter the centa, lyrics bang like rico-chet Rabbit, I brings havoc with an A-K matic Rollin blunts an all day habit I get it on like Smif'n'Wes Punks take a sip and test Who split your vest The funk phenomenon I'm bombin you like Lebanon Blow canals of Panama Just off stamina Styles not to be fucked with, or played with Fuck the pretty hoes, I love those Section A Bit-ches Hittin switches, Twistin wigs with Fat radical mathematical type scriptures I dig up in your planets like Diga, Boo, scared you, blew you to smithe-reens Fuck the marines, I got machines To light the spliff, and read Mad magazine I fly more heads than Continental Wreck ya 5 times like US AIR off an instrumental Look I'm not a half way crook with bad looks But I may murder your case like your name was Cal Brooks I breaks em up proppa Ask Biggie Smalls 'Who Shot Ya' Funk doctor, with the 12 Gauge Mossberg Look, I got the tools like Rickle To make your mind tickle For the nine nickle [Yo Red, yo Red!] Punk ass pussy ass [You ain't gotta say no more man, that's it] Word up Tical, We Out

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 4:01 p.m. CST

    mbaker, you're a moron

    by Kung Pow Kayle

    If you're going to make a lame-ass Hulk Hogan joke (as you usually do), at least spell things correctly. For the flick, I reckon they should get the guy who played Bene in City Of god for hendrix - hell, he virtually played the same role in that movie anyway! Not sure how the Portugese accent would work though...

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    An actor doing "air guitar" is NOT going to work.

    by riskebiz

    There is nothing worse than seeing an actor fake playing the guitar. I think it would be that x100 if some actor faked playing guitar like Hendrix. Personally, I think it's a lose/lose situation. There's one thing hearing the music ... but seeing someone THAT GOOD doing it so effortlessly is a treat and they can't fake it.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 5:53 p.m. CST

    To be sorry me while I kiss the sky!

    by GoldMountain

    Jimi hendrix is a god of string! it can tear the strings as person the matters! I would like to see that a film of him grinding the axe and doing impressive airs. This film will be the bomb! Someone consents?

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Magnificent intelligence

    by The-Architect

    I suppose it is demonstrably palpable to each and every one that Jimi Hendrix is one of the supreme guitarists, in truth, instrumentalists, ever to take part in inhabiting this globe. I have faith that a motion picture vis-

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Jimi Hendrix is a legend of the rock one and roll

    by SomeoneConsents

    I cannot believe that Hollywood did not do a movie of him before. My mother and the father found upon tripping in the acid to their music to Woodstock. The true history. After this movie is an immense success they should do a movie Of The to Recognize Dead Person.

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 8:54 p.m. CST

    No!!!

    by Harry D'Amour

    Uh-Oh, I'm starting to have dreaded Velvet Goldmine flashbacks. "Mummy, what are Dvaid Bowie and Obi-Wan Kenobi doing to each other?"

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 9:49 p.m. CST

    crazy diamond...

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    "When you talk about hard drugs, LSD - 25 is a hard drug anyway you look at it." err..not really. the overriding tenent of what classifies a drug as hard (however ambiguous it may seem) is whether its addictive. LSD is not. "It's also perhaps the hardest drug there is, because it alters the way the brain processes stimuli forever and users suffer from a mild form of schitzofrenia (spelling?), well after they have discontinued use (in some cases)." well the first parts just not true. the second part...well its true that it can trigger latent mental problems in high risk people, although usually only after extremely heavy use. "Jimi and his mates all tried LSD. Jimi would usually try a bit more than anyone else that was around him. And yes he would use the "trips" as inspiration." man, i didnt know you were there. " Not even the drug authoraties new what it really was." yeah but the CIA had an idea! "Today tobacco is looked upon as a self destructive narcotic or whatever (and I agree)" really? tobaccos a narcotic? cool! " You guys can carry talking about the movie or whatever it is you do, but lay of drug use dissing or you'll see alot more of these." OH GOD I HOPE SO!!

  • Oct. 22, 2003, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Syd Barrett

    by tensticks

    Now THERE'S a movie waiting to be made--IF the rights could be obtained and the filmmakers didn't fuck it up....

  • Oct. 23, 2003, 2:53 a.m. CST

    The problem with entertainer-based biopics... Various Ramblings

    by Dlhstar

    Is that every 'fan' of the performer comes out and says how 'wrong' the filmmakers got the artist. Case in point, my mom hated Forrest Gump. Although her exact reasons were never clear, the one comment she made about the film was, "Oh, they got John Lennon all wrong!" (I know, it wasn't a film about Lennon, but I think the theory holds true) Father Dougal said it best, "You should never meet your idols, you'll only be disappointed." You paint any entertainer as too good or strong, folks will say their personal demons have been glossed over. Paint them as too bad or weak, and folks will gripe that the filmmakers had an agenda to lessen their idol in the eyes of viewers. Focus too much on their public lives, and folks complain it's nothing new, and too much on their private lives makes people say that it neglects the most famous trademarks of the star. Can a Mercury, Joplin, Lennon, Hendrix, Cobain, Tupac, B.I.G, or Harrison biopic be any good? Probably good enough, but you're essentially asking an actor to perform the role of a popular artist who made a career out of performing as themselves. The best guy I ever saw doing Hendrix was, well, HENDRIX! Musicians have a stage persona, a public persona, a private persona, a party persona, etc... We all do. We act differently alone than we do in front of strangers than we do in front of our friends. Sometimes I think folks tend to look at a musical performer (and unlike actors) believe that only their 'stage' and (by extension) 'public' personas are the one they carry with them throughout their lives, that their music, lyrics, and public antics were all that defined them. It's not as if there is a lack of documentary material out there on any of these folks to fill several hours, either. Personally, I'd prefer a biopic on either a lesser known musician, or one who has fallen so far out of human memory as to reignite interest in them. Robert Johnson comes to mind. Why? I'm not a particular fan of pre-60s music in general, but after reading the fictional BONE MUSIC by Alan Rodgers, I couldn't help but think a film about the characters in the book would be neat to see, be it the true story or book's version of the 'true story'. In fact, I'd recommend Bone Music to anyone who can find it (even if I thought the end was a little iffy). It's like a Blues version of Lord of the Rings.

  • Oct. 23, 2003, 3:12 a.m. CST

    mynameisnobody

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    "No offense, but you're incredibly nescient. You've got to be a high school flunky or college dropout." -----Really? Do I have to? But I had plans to go shopping today. Oh well...if I got to...------ "The truth is the rumors dealing with Hendrix's drug use...were...greatly exaggerated. As his girlfriend stated, "If Jimi is to be called a drug addict, then everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic." " -----Since youre quoting his "girlfriend", may I suggest you read up on her? You might be surprised about what you read...Also, dont quote a quote from something written by "Goth Brooks" from "Rocknworld.com" and think it is something that resembles fact.

  • Oct. 23, 2003, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Freddie Mercury: The Movie

    by McPartlin

    This is a pish idea. Who's wants to see the story of some buck toothed bender who got lucky by being in a novelty band who inadvertedly went on to be successful. And why do people always say that Bohemian Rhapsody was the first ever pop music video? Music videos started with the Beatles, or maybe even before that. Good riddance to Mercury I say

  • Oct. 23, 2003, 9:17 a.m. CST

    to explain the "trips"

    by Crazy Diamond

    A trip is what the LSD "high" is called in slang. The Beatles' hit "Day Tripper" for instance is a drug song, believe it or not. Depending on the circumstances of consumption, it may be a good trip or a bad trip. Bad trips can get dangerous very quickly. In one reported case, an individual believed his arm was getting longer and longer, kind of lind in a cartoon, and get this: He cut his arm off to avoid getting it runned over by an incoming truck. I forgot to mention that LSD is not addictive. However it is Psycologically (Spelling?) addictive... I read that somewhere on a british D.E.A (equivalent)website. About the part that you said is just not true... I'm afraid to tell you that it just IS true. LSD Is commonly refered to as the noway back drug. To quote The Beatles in that previously mentioned song ... "She was a tripper... One Way Ticket Yeah, it took me so long to find out... and I found out" You are right about the users goin' skitzo after only heavy use and in special cases. Jimi's music was deeply influenced by lsd and marijuana experiences... I didn't have to be there (lol) to know that. I have like every album available with his name on it.

  • Oct. 23, 2003, 7:04 p.m. CST

    guh

    by SimpsonsQuoteMan

    I knew 'Trip' was the hippy slang for an LSD experience, but did you know there are 4 states of being in the cannabis society, Cool, groovy, hip and square. In that descending order. The square is seldom, if ever, cool. He is NOT with it. That is: he doesn't know WHAT'S happening, but if he manages to figure it out, he moves up a notch to 'hip'. And if he can bring himself to approve of what's happening he becomes 'groovy'. And after that with much luck and perseverance he can rise to the rank of 'cool'. And a marijuana cigarette is called a 'jazz cigarette' or a 'doobie'.

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