Mayor of Sunset Strip in June

Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of Mayor of Sunset Strip for 27th June 2005 priced at £15.99. David Bowie, Cher, The Doors, Nancy Sinatra, Oasis, No Doubt. All these bands have been championed by legendary DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer, the ‘Mayor of Sunset Strip’, who has been a much-loved figure in LA’s music community for over two decades. A man tinged with sadness but enthused by music, George Hickenlooper’s affectionate documentary looks at the man behind the legend, talking to his family and many of his rock star buddies including Brian Wilson, Joey Ramone, Mick Jagger, Courtney Love and Gwen Stefani.

Director George Hickenlooper started out with a fascination with animation – his great uncle worked on Fantasia, and collaborated with schoolmate Kirk Wise, who went on to direct Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – but he made his name with the documentary of another legend, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, the international smash about the making of Apocalypse Now. His subject this time around is Rodney Bingenheimer, America’s answer to John Peel, a man who has championed new music since the Sixties.

From being abandoned outside the home of Connie Francis by his mother, he has almost made a career of being a professional groupie, becoming DJ, nightclub promoter, and impresario. Whilst he builds up almost fanatical connections to many big stars, he remains a curiously solitary enigma. Without being judgmental, Hickenlooper allows the subject to speak for himself and has created not only an affectionately melancholic portrait of a man who lives his life in the shadow of the famous, but also a tribute to two decades of music genius.

Features include:

  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 & DTS 5.1 Surround
  • English HOH subtitles
  • Commentary with director & editor
  • Commentary with Rodney Bingenheimer and Chris Carter
  • Interviews with:
    • David Bowie (9:43mins)
    • Brian Wilson & Elvis Costello (15:31mins)
    • Courtney Love (4:31mins)
    • Oasis (4:02mins)
    • Gwen Stefani (7:24mins)

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