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A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer

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Himself (as Green Day)
Jello Biafra ...
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Zelda Bingenheimer ...
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Through the glitter and the grunge, from The Monkees to Coldplay, Rodney Bingenheimer--a.k.a. Rodney on the ROQ--has reigned over the Los Angeles music scene for over two decades. A constantly evolving fixture as rock fan, journalist, promoter, club owner and radio DJ on KROQ, Bingenheimer has helped advance every adventurous rock mutation--California pop, glam, punk, goth, new wave, alternative--since he first hit the Sunset Strip during its psychedelic 1960s heyday. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug references | See all certifications »


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26 March 2004 (USA)  »

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$21,722 (USA) (26 March 2004)


$257,315 (USA) (4 June 2004)

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After the credits, we see the conclusion of the concert by the band X that starts the movie. Then we see Rodney talking with one of X's members, who tells him that he always finds Rodney's radio show, no matter when it airs. See more »


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Los Angeles
Written by Exene Cervenka (as Exene) and John Doe
Performed by X. (as X)
Used by permission of Plaything Music o/b/o itself adn Grosso Modo (ASCAP)/John Nommenson
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Im Glad this movie was made
13 July 2009 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

OK so I thought it showed the human side of Rodney that he had a gift, tho he had little confidence most his life you can tell that. He has perseverance. He defined what Cool was to be up on the Strip. This fella that was ridiculed and made fun of all his life really is someone i think should have respect and recognition at being in the forefront of what was cool in the best of musics era up on the strip. The movie portrayed him for who he was back then and who he is now. There are so many derogatory statements about the movie, I see the points made but I don't agree to many of them. He has had a odd life different then the mainstream. He has mingled with the stars which was his dream and he fulfilled it. The one thing he has not seem to fulfilled is his desire to be in a solid relationship. I think that is all that is missing for him. I mean this is a personal thing and he is a very private person but i know first hand that he has always sought that special person. He dated my sister for a period of time back in the 70s. He took her to the David Bowie concert at the Palladium (ziggy stardust tour if i remember right)in a limousine. She was of course underage like all the young girls back then in the scene. Unfortunately my sister was like a wild cat in a cage, and she left him too. But every time i saw him for many years after he would ask me How's Cindy, tell her to call me sometime. She was special to him there is no doubt in my mind. Myself I respected him and always said hello, my friend Kris and i would sit with him at Dennys many a night back in those days. He was a kind and gentle person. I had no idea about his personal growing up life and this enlightened me. I felt the movie had that tragedy feel and kind of somber because you want to know that he is OK. You want to know that he has built confidence over time but it seemed at the end, he still hadn't found that Happiness he has searched for. He reconciled with his mom after many years but how many people have done this to family members that were not deserving? many many He has had great compassion and a big heart to forgive such a cruel injustice. He has certainly had a terrible time with love interests but has experienced all the benefits regardless. But who can blame him for testing out the waters? Don't we all do that? perhaps on a smaller scale, given the circumstances that he was in that he placed himself in. Camille is and will no doubt remain someone dear to him. She has her own agenda, such is life. I truly hope that Rodney will find what he looks for he is a special person and if you got the chance to know him at any point you'd agree who could not like him he had a odd personality but you just didn't care he was Rodney "Whats happenin?" He should have made millions coining that phrase. Im glad he got a star on the walk of fame he deserved it. I am also glad i got to know him back in the day, in the 70s. I say Long live Rodney! Thanks Rodney for making those days more fun for us.

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