If you are planning to see the new Jimi Hendrix film, you should definitely click Here.
That's because you won't hear any Hendrix music in the movie. That's due to a impasse between the producers and the owners of Hendrix's estate who controls his music. Supposedly, the estate was unhappy with way the story was presented (something about being out of sequence). Conversely, the producers were unwilling to give up any creative control presumably.
This is ridiculous on two fronts. First, it's amazing to me that the estate would be so protective as to give up such a great opportunity to expose Jimi's music to a wider audience while still generating significant revenue for itself. I would suspect that very heftly license fees were proffered by the producers.
Secondly, I am also amazed that the producers were willing to accept this and proceed to make a movie about Jimi without using his music.
Some would blame antiquated copyright laws for this situation. I don't. This is more about egos and a false sense of protectionism. In this day and age of instant sharing and decling music revenue, can a music catalog really afford to be so dogmatic?
OK, so I don't really know what happened in the negotiations. But the bottom line is that I was planning on seeing this movie in the theaters. Now, I'm not so sure. So whatever transpired, it cost the film company at least $60 (the price of 4 tickets). And I suspect that many others might make a similar decision.
Maybe I'll watch it on pay-per-view for $3.99 one day