The Mayor of Sunset Strip

Picture a time when radio had personality, when it comprised of DJs who programmed their own music and dared to be different. Who lived and breathed rock and roll and were loved for it. Picture a DJ who introduced the masses of LA to Blondie, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Van Halen, The Go Gos, The Bangles, Joan Jett…ahh the list just goes on and on. Who am I talking about you ask? Well none other than the “Prince of Pop” Rodney Bingenheimer. Rodney is an old school disc jockey which means he actually programs cool music that he likes as opposed to some corporation dictating what he should play. The man is a rock and roll legend and there is a movie coming out March 26 that celebrates all his wonderful rock and roll success and excess. Called “The Mayor of Sunset Strip” it promises to be another excellent example of a great rock and roll documentary, especially since it’s directed by George Hickenlooper who was responsible for the excellent “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse” a documentary that threatened to be even better than the film it was supposed to be documenting (Apocalypse Now). Not only does the film look cool but check out the soundtrack! Everybody from Brian Wilson and The Byrds to The Ramones, Alice Cooper and Blur make this one cool soundtrack. I’m looking forward to seing this, especially after checking out the excellent companion website. It’s a shame that mainstream radio is just not this cool anymore.