John Ridley Wrote And Directed The Hendrix Biopic ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side.’
He said he was influenced by a Jimi Hendrix song about a woman who was influential to Jimi, called ‘Sending My Love to Linda.’
“I started to research Linda and how she became connected to Jimi and became a champion of his going to London and all of these things that had not been deeply excavated,” Ridley tells Tacoma, Washington’s News Tribune. “I thought, ‘Here’s a story with a very finite amount of time to it — specifically about one year. This is a story in itself.’”
Linda turned out to be Linda Keith, a then-girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Ridley’s film, starring Andre Benjamin of the rap duo Outkast, focuses on Hendrix’s time in London, before he became a major star in 1967 as the leader of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ will open the Seattle International Film Festival on May 15th.