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Andre 3000’s Jimi Hendrix biopic can’t actually use any Hendrix music

Jimi Hendrix

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Fans of both Jimi Hendrix and/or Andre 3000 were nodding their heads in agreement earlier this week when news came out that the more flamboyant half of Outkast would be stepping into the role of the iconic guitar player in the upcoming biopic, “All Is By My Side.” But while production on the film appears to be moving ahead, there’s a pretty significant hang-up that’s recently reared its head: The movie can’t actually use any Hendrix songs.

In a story over at the Wall Street Journal, the rights holders to Hendrix’s music, Experience Hendrix, explained that they are not involved with the project. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, except for the company’s assertion that they have “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.”

Originally set to explore the 1966-67 period that saw the release of both “Are You Experienced” and “Axis: Bold as Love,” the music of Jimi Hendrix was likely intended to be a large part of the appeal of “All is By My Side.” But while the John Ridley-directed film might not be able to use any of the actual Hendrix tracks, all is not lost, as WSJ points out that a Showtime movie about the legend managed to get around the issue with cover versions, which would be relatively easy considering that the production has an established musician like Benjamin on board.

What do you think about a Hendrix-less Hendrix biopic? Would you listen to Benjamin’s versions of classic Jimi songs? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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