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The week in music – in pictures

Friday, May 25th, 2012

From Willow Smith to will.i.am, from Florence to Flo Rida, here are some of this week’s musical highlights


The week in music – in pictures

Friday, May 25th, 2012

From Willow Smith to will.i.am, from Florence to Flo Rida, here are some of this week’s musical highlights


The week in music – in pictures

Friday, May 11th, 2012

From Dexys to the Beasties, via Gaga and Macca, here are this week’s most memorable moments in music


Sleeve notes: Farewell to Adam Yauch

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of music

MCA RIP

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys has died aged 47

Tributes pour in from Beastie Boys fans around the web

Adam Yauch and the indestructible spirit of the Beastie Boys

Five clips and your memories

A classic Beastie Boys interview from the vaults

Coldplay perform tribute to Adam Yauch

In other news

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich forms new band, Ultraísta

Village People’s policeman lays down the law on his right to royalties

Robin Gibb to undergo further chemotherapy

Against Me!’s Tom Gabel is transgender and plans to live as a woman

OutKast’s André 3000 to play Jimi Hendrix in new biopic

John Lydon: Olympics wanted to censor the Sex Pistols

On the blog

Sexuality and gender have always been blurred in rock’n'roll

Who to see at the Great Escape 2012

Readers recommend: riffs

Who gave the best performance on Later … with Jools Holland?

Things to watch and listen to

Music Weekly podcast

Simian Mobile Disco – Unpatterns: exclusive album stream

Cate le Bon: Fold the Cloth live session in the Guardian studios

Now listening: reader playlist

New music: Trust – Sulk

Further reading

Africa Express – collaboration of African and western musicians planning a huge UK tour

Dexys: triumphant return of the soul rebels

Is pop music something you grow up and grow out of? No way, say Saint Etienne

Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram – in pictures

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OutKast’s André 3000 to play Jimi Hendrix in new biopic

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

First of several mooted Hendrix movies gets the green light

Jimi Hendrix is to be played by OutKast’s André 3000 in a new biopic. Despite a prior dispute with the guitarist’s estate, the movie will reportedly begin shooting in Ireland later this month.

To the surprise of many industry observers, All Is By My Side is currently in pre-production, the Irish Film and Television Network reports. André 3000 will spend six weeks at locations in Bray, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin, including the historic John Player Cigarette Factory. The film is to be directed by Three Kings writer John Ridley, who also wrote the screenplay, and deals with Hendrix’s breakthrough in 1966, when he was discovered in a New York club by Linda Keith, then girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

Several studios have tried to make Hendrix-related films over the last few years, including a failed project by Paul Greengrass. The Hendrix estate blocked all of these, refusing to license the late musician’s songs. Either now they have had a change of heart, or Ridley’s film isn’t going to use any Hendrix songs.

“Everybody wants to do the movie, but there are so many things that go into a biopic,” André told MTV in 2008. “It’s kinda like, until you are on set doing it you can’t say what’s going on.”

André 3000, real name André Benjamin, has appeared in a handful of films, including Guy Ritchie’s Revolver and the 2006 OutKast musical Idlewild. Earlier this year, the rapper claimed to be working on his first solo album.

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