Jimi: All Is by My Side
A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.
Jimi: All Is By My Side meticulously and craftily depicts the early days of the famous Rock Legend of Jimi Hendrix, full of passion and a born artist making his first mark into the world of music as a simple unknown backup guitarist in New York in the years 1966-67, the year which highlights the definitive talent which Jimi brought to the industry and how he gradually made his way up the ladder and got to perform in London. Slowly but steadily, Jimi Hendrix became a rock legend, innovating music with his illustrious stroke of talent which was never imagined nor brought to the fore before. This movie is an adaptation of how little Jimi's world was and how vast it became when his fans all over the world helped him grow and almost made him an immortal legend who walked on this earth.
Jimi: All Is By My Side is the story of a musician who was in his younger days, an ordinary musician just like the rest of his time trying to earn a living by singing on whatever gig he could find and one who could not even afford his own guitar. This was before Jimi Hendrix mesmerized the world with his innovative and dazzling rock and blues music with the mix of an equally talented strumming of his guitar play. He was a natural. In the movie, two women plays large roles in shaping Jimi to not give up and pursue his dream of becoming a musician, Linda Keith (Played by Imogen Poots), who persuaded Jimi to buy his first Guitar and introduced him to Chas Chandler after seeing him playing in the New York's Cheetah Bar. Kathy Etchingham (Played by Hayley Atwell) on the other hand, inspired Jimi to write some of his most memorable and classic pieces to date. Their relationship took turns and there was always mystery surrounded between them which were the inspiration Jimi needed to channel it into his music.
John Ridley, who directed the film carefully, brought forth how the society was perceived in the ?0s and it was revealed in the film that n matter how chaotic the time was for African-American citizens of the US, Jimi did not heed much into the everyday life and instead was immersed in his own musical world. The biggest turning point of the movie was when Legends like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Andrew Loog Oldham are portrayed in still pictures and in captions to elevate the personality and a genius whose name is Jimi Hendrix as the world came to know in the later years and who gave him the respect he deserved.
Jimi: All IS By My Side surely is not without its flaws though. Although it critically views the rise of Jimi Hendrix, giving the audience a peek into his younger days and the steps he took as well as the choices he made which was previously not known to the masses and which ultimately led up to him becoming a Rock Legend, the plot of the movie however, was felt by many as inaccurate and not in sync with some of the actual events which took place during the one year timeline which changed the life of Jimi. However, having said that, Jimi: All Is By My Side undoubtedly succeeded in portraying the undying passion and commitment Jimi Hendrix had towards music and which came to the fore through the songs he wrote. His spirit was the main essence of this movie.
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Actors movie: Jimi: All Is by My Side
- Al Hendrix
- Keith Richards
- Michael Jeffery
- Andrew Loog Oldham (as Robbie Jarvis-Dean)
- Eric Clapton
- Roberta Goldstein
- Lithofayne 'Faye' Pridgeon