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Mayor Of Sunset Strip (Documentary) (5.1/DTS)

Mayor Of Sunset Strip (Documentary) (5.1/DTS)

Released on 27 June 2005

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years and over

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One unlikely man made America listen. 'The Mayor Of Sunset Strip' is a wildly entertaining ride through rock-and-roll history as seen through the eyes of one supremely distinct figure, Rodney Bingenheimer. Directed by acclaimed documentarian George Hickenlooper ('Hearts Of Darkness'), the film examines the life of Los Angeles' "Mayor of Sunset Strip." Coming of age in LA in the 1960s, just as rock-and-roll was bursting onto the scene, Bingenheimer was obsessed with all things musical. Though not a successful musician himself, he nonetheless befriended rock's elite. In the 1970s, he opened up his own club, Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, which played host to luminaries such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Marc Bolan. It was in 1976, however, when Rodney found his true calling. On his weekly radio show on KROQ, Bingenheimer introduced several of popular music's most celebrated voices to America - Blondie, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, The Smiths, and Coldplay. Hickenlooper incorporates interviews with Bingenheimer and an endless parade of musicians, as well as a nearly unbelievable scrapbook of photos, to show just how closely connected Rodney was to the scene. A fascinating portrait of rock-and-roll's unsung hero, 'The Mayor Of Sunset Strip' also makes poignant commentary on the bizarre nature of celebrity and the infatuation it breeds.
  • Audio commentary from director George Hickenlooper
  • Audio commentary from Rodney Bingenheimer and Chris Carter
  • 'A Rock n' Roll Legend': a short documentary on Rodney Bingenheimer
  • 'Backstage With Rodney' featurette
  • 'Fame': rare interviews
  • Soundtrack sample
actorRodney Bingenheimer
certificate15 years and over
directorGeorge Hickenlooper
subtitlesEnglish for the hard of hearing