The appearance of Prince on my television screen is ALWAYS a happy occasion. Rocking a teeny weeny afro and yellow pants, as usual whatever he is selling, I am happily buying.
But today belongs to another insanely talented guitarist of color, Jimi Hendrix. His death 42 years ago was an epic tragedy for the music industry and helped to cement the notion of the 27 Club. Its membership is sometimes extended to include celebrities of any kind, which is why Amanda Rae is here for 26-year old Amanda Bynes.
A movie about Hendrix, starring rapper/actor Andre 3000 is currently in production. Unfortunately, it will not include any of the singer's signature tracks. The Hendrix estate, with his sister Janie at the helm has stated that they will not release any music without their full participation in the project. To get around that the film will focus on the early years of Hendrix.
It may ultimately prove successful but will not allow Andre 3000 to showcase his potential in full. I want to see him as Jimi at the height of his reign, not during "the making of" years. But if the rumors are true that the estate will not cooperate with any biopic that depicts Hendrix using drugs, I may never get to see the movie I am looking for.
Written by: Kia K.