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Jimi: All Is by My Side is a 2013 internationally co-produced drama film about Jimi Hendrix, written and directed by John Ridley. The film tells the story of Hendrix's career beginnings, through his arrival in London, the creation of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the beginning of his fame after his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[3] and at the South by Southwest film festival and was released in the UK on 8 August 2014. The film screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) on 26 July 2014.

Jimi: All Is by My Side
Jimi All Is by My Side poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Ridley
Produced byDanny Bramson
Anthony Burns
Jeff Culotta
Brandon Freeman
Tristan Lynch
Sean McKittrick
Nigel Thomas
Written byJohn Ridley
StarringAndré Benjamin
Imogen Poots
Hayley Atwell
Burn Gorman
Music byDanny Bramson
Waddy Wachtel
CinematographyTim Fleming
Edited byHank Corwin
Chris Gill
Darko Entertainment
Freeman Film
Subotica Entertainment
Matador Pictures
Distributed byXLrator Media
Release date
  • 7 September 2013 (2013-09-07) (TIFF)
  • 8 August 2014 (2014-08-08) (UK)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$5 million[1][2]
Box office$927,074[2]




The film does not include any songs written by Hendrix, as the filmmakers' request to use them was denied by Experience Hendrix LLC (Hendrix's estate). Instead, the film set in London in 1966 and 1967 includes the songs that Hendrix performed during those years, shortly before the release of his debut album, Are You Experienced.[4] All musical parts were played by Waddy Wachtel (guitar), Leland Sklar (bass), Kenny Aronoff (drums). Wachtel wrote bits of music for the film that sound similar to the Experience's early songs.[5]


Several of Hendrix's acquaintances, including Kathy Etchingham, have decried the film as largely fictitious. This includes scenes depicting a fictionalized Hendrix repeatedly beating Etchingham (played by Hayley Atwell). In interviews given at the time of the film's release, Etchingham described Hendrix as a gentle man, and the time she spent with him some of the best years of her life.[6]


Box officeEdit

Jimi: All Is by My Side has grossed $340,911 in the United States and Canada and $586,163 in other territories for a worldwide total of $927,074, plus $67,173 with home video sales, against a production budget of $5 million.[2]

Critical responseEdit

Jimi: All Is by My Side received a rating of 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 80 reviews. The site's consensus states: "It's uneven—and it lacks the primal power of its subject's classic recordings—but Jimi: All Is By My Side offers a well-acted alternative take on the Hendrix myth."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 66 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]


  1. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "How does 'Jimi: All Is by My Side' compare to 2014's other music bios?". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "All Is by My Side". TIFF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Andre 3000 Covers Beatles, Muddy Waters for Jimi Hendrix Biopic - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Jimi's hands. Waddy Wachtel talks Hendrix - Mono". Mono. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend slams 'made up' domestic violence in new film - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Jimi: All Is by My Side (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Jimi: All Is by My Side Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 3 October 2014.

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