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Mayor of the Sunset Strip -- A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer
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26 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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You Should Have Been There ... See more »
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Interesting story of a guy who became an accidental rock star. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tori Amos ... Herself

Billie Joe Armstrong ... Himself (as Green Day)

Beck ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself (archive footage)
Bing Bingenheimer ... Himself
Zelda Bingenheimer ... Herself
D.J. Bonebrake ... Himself

Sonny Bono ... Himself (archive footage)

David Bowie ... Himself
Leo Braudy ... Himself
Clem Burke ... Himself

Neve Campbell ... Herself

Belinda Carlisle ... Herself
Chris P. Carter ... Himself

Exene Cervenka ... Herself
Camille Chancery ... Herself

Cher ... Herself
Tre Cool ... Himself (as Green Day)

Alice Cooper ... Himself

Elvis Costello ... Himself

Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)

Cherie Currie ... Herself

Tony Curtis ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Des Barres ... Himself
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself
Henry Diltz ... Himself
Dion DiMucci ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Dirnt ... Himself (as Green Day)

John Doe ... Himself
Denny Doherty ... Himself (archive footage)

Micky Dolenz ... Himself (archive footage)

India Dupré ... Herself
John Easdale ... Himself

Cass Elliot ... Herself (archive footage) (as 'Mama' Cass Elliot)

Corey Feldman ... Himself
Kim Fowley ... Himself
Liam Gallagher ... Himself

Noel Gallagher ... Himself

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Herself
Leigh Gorman ... Himself
Jed 'The Fish' Gould ... Himself (as Jed the Fish)

Green Day ... Themselves

Deborah Harry ... Herself

George Hickenlooper ... Himself

William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself

Joan Jett ... Herself

David Johansen ... Himself (archive footage)

Davy Jones ... Himself

Kato Kaelin ... Himself

Liza Kumjian-Smith ... Herself

Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Loud ... Himself

Courtney Love ... Herself
Annabella Lwin ... Herself

John Lydon ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself

Johnny Marr ... Himself

Chris Martin ... Himself

Dean Martin ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul McCartney ... Himself
Miss Mercy ... Herself
Kramer Morgenthau ... Himself

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Nesmith ... Himself (archive footage)

Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage)
John Phillips ... Himself (archive footage)

Mackenzie Phillips ... Herself

Michelle Phillips ... Herself (archive footage)
Poe ... Herself

Iggy Pop ... Himself (archive footage)
Monique Powell ... Herself

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Domenic Priore ... Himself
Joey Ramone ... Himself (archive footage)

Keanu Reeves ... Himself

Paul Reubens ... Himself
Linda Ronstadt ... Herself (archive footage)

Sherrie Rose ... Herself

Gavin Rossdale ... Himself (credit only)

David Lee Roth ... Himself (archive footage)

Brooke Shields ... Herself

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)

Nancy Sinatra ... Herself

Phil Spector ... Himself

Gwen Stefani ... Herself

Chris Stein ... Himself (archive footage)
Danny Sugerman ... Himself (as Danny Sugarman)
Peter Tork ... Himself (archive footage)

Pete Townshend ... Himself

Frankie Valli ... Himself (archive footage)

Edward Van Halen ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronald Vaughan ... Himself / Isadore Ivy:Spaceman-at-Large

Sid Vicious ... Himself (archive footage)

George Wendt ... Himself
Louise Wener ... Herself

Jane Wiedlin ... Herself (archive footage)

Brian Wilson ... Himself

Carnie Wilson ... Herself
Lisa Worden ... Herself
X. ... Themselves (as X)

Neil Young ... Himself

Rob Zombie ... Himself
Billy Zoom ... Himself
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Directed by
George Hickenlooper 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Hickenlooper  writer

Produced by
Christopher Paul Carter .... producer (as Chris Carter)
Julie Janata .... co-producer
Greg Little .... producer
Greg S. Little .... producer (as Greg Little)
Tommy Perna .... producer
Donald Zuckerman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Anthony Marinelli 
 
Cinematography by
Igor Meglic 
Kramer Morgenthau 
 
Film Editing by
Julie Janata 
 
Sound Department
Bruce Buehlman .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Burton .... sound mixer
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor
Alexander Court .... first assistant sound editor
Mat Dennis .... sound recordist
Joseph R. Ekins .... sound mixer
Brian Riordan .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Peter D. Lago .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandra Buresch .... assistant camera
Mark Gutterud .... first assistant camera
Julie Janata .... additional cinematography
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera (as April Lanci)
Paige Thomas .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Katie Hedrich .... assistant editor
Eric O. Schusterman .... additional editor
Royce Smith .... color timer
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
 
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... music mixer
Clint Bennett .... music producer
Clint Bennett .... music recordist
Chris P. Carter .... music supervisor
Christopher Paul Carter .... music supervisor
Anthony Marinelli .... music producer
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator
Charles Raggio .... music supervisor
Andrea von Foerster .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Lori Beth Bernat .... research assistant
Liza Kumjian-Smith .... production coordinator: UK
Noni Tulk-Perna .... production assistant
Dan Williams .... senior video technician
 
Thanks
India Dupré .... special thanks
Dee Dee Ramone .... thanks
Joey Ramone .... thanks
Paul Reubens .... thanks
Monte Robison .... special thanks
Phil Spector .... thanks
 

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug references
Runtime:
Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:94 min
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Trivia:
After making its world premiere as the Centerpiece Film of the 2003 IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival the movie sold to First Look Media and Lakeshore Entertainment for $1.3 million, making it the second highest selling documentary of all time, next to Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine (2002).See more »
Quotes:
Rodney Bingenheimer:[pointing to a frame on his wall] Elvis Presley's driver's license.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Monkees" (1966)See more »
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ClocksSee more »

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Interesting story of a guy who became an accidental rock star., 10 March 2005
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

I remember listening to Rodney Bingenheimer's radio show on KROQ when I was in high school. I knew nothing of him at the time and only know what I know now because of what I learned from this movie, but regardless of how popular Rodney became with the rock stars and celebrities and regardless of how well his show ever did, the guy just does not have a voice for radio. I think that in his case it is vital that you know him personally or that you know about his history in the music business, because listening to him as a radio talk show host is intolerably boring. It is not a surprise, to say the least, that his radio show never strayed far from the midnight to 3am shift on Sundays, although I would rather listen to him than Jed the Fish any day of the week. Jed the Fish irritates the hell out of me.

Speaking of which, one of the more interesting things that I learned from this documentary was actually just proof of something that I had always suspected, that Jed the Fish has always been faking that ridiculous accent that he always talks with on the air. In his brief interviews in the movie he makes the mistake of talking in his regular voice, revealing how much of a fake he really is. On the other hand, he is, in fact, an entertainer, so I don't want to give the impression that he is some kind of fraud because he talks with a fake accent on the air. He's been on KROQ for some ridiculous number of years, so he must be doing something right. Not my thing, I guess. I think I may have just developed this contempt for KROQ for ruining great songs and popularizing bad songs in the ten years or so since I first moved to Irvine and started listening to them.

The thing that I really liked about this documentary is that it really gives good insight into the life of Rodney Bingenheimer, who seems like some geeky guy who made his way into rock stardom by a simple love of music and what must have been a very disarming and unusually charming demeanor. For some reason he reminds me of this 1978 Honda Civic that I had in high school, it was the crappiest car in the parking lot but everyone loved it. I remember lots all the hot Flygirls used to always want to drive it, it was like a toy. Interpret that as you will, I still haven't figured it out.

There are moments in the film when I almost felt bad for being so bored by Rodney's radio program, because despite having been experienced far more than every high school kid's dreams of the, ah, fleshy pearls of rock and roll decadence, Rodney has been through a lot of pain in his life. He had some truly heartbreaking experiences in his life growing up, which are kind of manifested in scenes like the one where he goes to visit his parents, with whom he had something of a falling out, and finds that they don't have any pictures of him in the front room. The saddest thing is that he brings the camera crew into a back room and points to a picture of himself, framed on hung on the wall but almost hidden in a corner where no one would ever see it. And he acted like it was perfectly normal.

Rodney's demeanor that thing that really leaves the film open to interpretation. Despite having just watched a documentary about the guy, I feel like I know less about him than I knew before, just because he is such a closed off kind of person. There are scenes when he genuinely loses his temper, and there are scenes where he is clearly uncomfortable and comes right out and says that he doesn't want to talk about certain things, but at the same time he discloses information about himself that almost anyone else would probably find embarrassing.

This is one of the rare instances in documentary film-making where you can learn so much about a person but come away from it amazed at how little you really know about him. It's like the old saying, the more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Rodney is a truly unique person with a truly unique personality, and while I can't claim to have been entertained by his radio show even for a minute, he is certainly a fascinating person to learn about. Especially since I went to high school listening to the kind of music that he introduced to the world and I now live in the area that is portrayed in the movie. All music fans should watch this.

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