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'Jimi: All Is By My Side': Before Hendrix became Hendrix
'Jimi: All Is By My Side': Before Hendrix became Hendrix

"Purple Haze" isn't here, and neither is "Hey Joe," "Foxy Lady" or "The Wind Cries Mary." None of Jimi Hendrix's classic music found its way into "Jimi: All Is By My Side," but that doesn't hurt this moody, mesmerizing film one bit. For one thing, as written and directed by John Ridley, an Oscar winner for his "12 Years a Slave" screenplay, "Jimi" is not a conventional cradle-to-grave biopic. Rather, its involving notion was to focus exclusively on one year in the life of the legendary rock star, the year before he took off like a Roman candle. It starts with Hendrix completely unknown and ends just a...

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