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Release Date: March 26th, 2004

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2004

R|1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary
This documentary traces Rodney Bingenheimer's journey from a hard-luck childhood to a successful career as a disc jockey. Involved in the Los Angeles rock 'n' roll scene since the 1960s, the omnipresent Bingenheimer has seen his fair share of both triumphs and hardships during his time as a musical taste-maker. Featuring interviews with rock legends like David Bowie, Brian Wilson and Beck all chiming in on Bingenheimer, the film also underlines the consequences of romanticizing fame.

Cast: Rodney Bingenheimer, Cher , Courtney Love, David Bowie, Brian Wilson, Beck , Brooke Shields, Coldplay

Director: George Hickenlooper

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Question Mark Productions, Kino-Eye American, Caldera Productions, Perna Productions

Keywords: 1990s, Rise, 1960s, Friend, Engaging, Underdog, 1970s, 1980s, Los Angeles, Spirited, Mother, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Ultimately, Bingenheimer seems underwhelmed with himself. The people who know him say, in the movie, that he's a relic. Mayor of the Sunset Strip makes heartbreakingly clear what a glorious relic Bingenheimer is. show more

  • Like its star, it's quietly sincere and compulsively watchable. show more

  • Hickenlooper's film evokes what the Japanese call mono no aware, which refers to the impermanence of life and the bittersweet transience of things. There is a little Rodney Bingenheimer in everyone, but you know what? Most people aren't as lucky as Rodney. show more

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