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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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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself (also archive footage)

Exene Cervenka ... Herself

John Doe ... Himself
X. ... Themselves (as X)
Chris P. Carter ... Himself - Dramarama (as Chris Carter)

Courtney Love ... Herself - Hole

Gwen Stefani ... Herself - No Doubt

Brooke Shields ... Herself
Kim Fowley ... Himself - Record Producer

Brian Wilson ... Himself - The Beach Boys

Alice Cooper ... Himself (also archive footage)

Michael Des Barres ... Himself - Silverhead
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself - Author, 'I'm With the Band'
Monique Powell ... Herself

Keanu Reeves ... Himself

Deborah Harry ... Herself

George Hickenlooper ... Himself
Liam Gallagher ... Himself

Nancy Sinatra ... Herself

Mackenzie Phillips ... Herself - Actress (as MacKenzie Phillips)

Neil Young ... Himself

George Wendt ... Himself

Pete Townshend ... Himself

Beck ... Himself
Joey Ramone ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself - The Doors

Green Day ... Themselves

Rob Zombie ... Himself

Noel Gallagher ... Himself
Jed 'The Fish' Gould ... Himself - KROQ DJ (as Jed the Fish)
Danny Sugerman ... Himself (as Danny Sugarman)
Bing Bingenheimer ... Himself - Father
Zelda Bingenheimer ... Herself - Stepmother
Sharon McDonald ... Herself - Stepsister
Camille Chancery ... Herself - Friend

David Bowie ... Himself
John Peterson ... Himself

Neve Campbell ... Herself

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Herself
Ronald Vaughan ... Himself - Friend / Isadore Ivy:Spaceman-at-Large
Leo Braudy ... Himself

Sonny Bono ... Himself (archive footage)
Suzanne Jenkins ... Herself - Childhood Friend
Bobby George ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Steve Jenkins ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Domenic Priore ... Himself - Author, 'Riot on the Sunset Strip' (as Dominic Priore)
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves (archive footage)

Davy Jones ... Himself - The Monkees (also archive footage)
The Monkees ... Themselves (archive footage)

Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
The Four Seasons ... Themselves (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself - The Rolling Stones
Miss Mercy ... Herself - The GTOs
The GTOS ... Themselves (as The GTOs)
The Doors ... Themselves

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda Ronstadt ... Herself (archive footage)

Johnny Marr ... Himself - The Smiths

Liza Kumjian-Smith ... Herself

Joan Jett ... Herself
Lance Loud ... Himself

David Johansen ... Himself - New York Dolls (archive footage) (as David JoHansen)

Cherie Currie ... Herself - The Runaways

No Doubt ... Themselves
Louise Wener ... Herself

Elvis Costello ... Himself

Belinda Carlisle ... Herself

Carnie Wilson ... Herself
Annabella Lwin ... Herself - Bow Wow Wow
Nancy La Perch ... Herself
Maria Montoya ... Herself

Phil Spector ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself (archive footage)
Manny Furlong ... Himself

Sid Vicious ... Himself (archive footage)

John Lydon ... Himself (archive footage) (as Johnny Rotten)
The Sex Pistols ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Sex Pistols)

Coldplay ... Themselves (archive footage)

Chris Martin ... Himself - Coldplay
Bow Wow Wow ... Themselves
John Easdale ... Himself - Dramarama
Dramarama ... Themselves
Gary Strobl ... Himself

Jane Wiedlin ... Herself - The Go-Go's (archive footage)
Van Halen ... Themselves

David Lee Roth ... Himself (archive footage)

Chris Stein ... Himself (archive footage)
Heather Shane ... Herself
Annie Shane ... Herself

Blondie ... Themselves (archive footage)
Kramer Morgenthau ... Himself
Isadore Ivy Spaceman At Large ... Themselves
Oasis ... Themselves

Tori Amos ... Herself

Kato Kaelin ... Himself

Corey Feldman ... Himself
Wendy Wilson ... Herself
Clem Burke ... Himself - Blondie
Henry Diltz ... Himself
Monte Robinson ... Himself

Paul McCartney ... Himself
Becca Grove ... Herself
Lori Mattox ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gem Archer ... Himself (as Oasis)

Billie Joe Armstrong ... Himself (as Green Day)
Andy Bell ... Himself (as Oasis)
D.J. Bonebrake ... Himself

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

Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)

Tony Curtis ... Himself (archive footage)
Dion DiMucci ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Dirnt ... Himself (as Green Day)
Denny Doherty ... Himself (archive footage)

Micky Dolenz ... Himself (archive footage)

India Dupré ... Herself

Cass Elliot ... Herself (archive footage) (as 'Mama' Cass Elliot)
Leigh Gorman ... Himself

William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)

Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

Dean Martin ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Nesmith ... Himself (archive footage)

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

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

Iggy Pop ... Himself (archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul Reubens ... Himself

Sherrie Rose ... Herself

Gavin Rossdale ... Himself (credit only)
Mike Rowe ... Himself (as Oasis)
Kenny Sargeant ... Himself (archive footage) (as Kenny Sargent)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Tork ... Himself (archive footage)

Frankie Valli ... Himself (archive footage)

Edward Van Halen ... Himself (archive footage)
Alan White ... Himself (as Oasis)
Lisa Worden ... Herself
Billy Zoom ... Himself

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
Rodney Bingenheimer .... music supervisor
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
Tony Benedict .... archival footage
Lori Beth Bernat .... research assistant
Rodney Bingenheimer .... archival footage
Rodney Bingenheimer .... photos: still photographs by
Chris P. Carter .... archival footage (as Chris Carter)
Kim Fowley .... photos: still photographs by
Bobby George .... archival footage (as Bob George)
Bob Gruen .... archival footage
Liza Kumjian-Smith .... production coordinator: UK
Domenic Priore .... photos: still photographs by
Nancy Sinatra .... archival footage
Gary Strobl .... archival footage
Noni Tulk-Perna .... production assistant
Dan Williams .... senior video technician
Gail Zappa .... archival footage
 
Thanks
The Bangles .... we would like to thank
Olivia Barash .... we would like to thank: with love
Barry Barnholtz .... we would like to thank: with love
Stiv Bators .... we would like to thank: with love
Marian A. Bingenheimer .... we would like to thank: with love
Vincent A. Bingenheimer .... we would like to thank: with love
Zelda Bingenheimer .... we would like to thank: with love
Richard Blade .... we would like to thank
Sonny Bono .... we would like to thank: with love
Cathy Fuller Davis .... we would like to thank: with love
India Dupré .... special thanks
The Go-Gos .... we would like to thank
Tami Heidi .... we would like to thank
Susanna Hoffs .... we would like to thank
Harvey Kubernik .... we would like to thank: with love
Lance Loud .... we would like to thank: with love
Melanie McDonald .... we would like to thank: with love
Sharon McDonald .... we would like to thank: with love
Keith Moon .... we would like to thank: with love
Michele Myer .... we would like to thank: with love
Dee Dee Ramone .... thanks
Joey Ramone .... thanks
Tripp Reeb .... we would like to thank
Paul Reubens .... we would like to thank
Monte Robison .... special thanks
Gene Sandbloom .... we would like to thank
Nancy Sinatra .... we would like to thank: with love (as The First Lady of Rock Ms. Nancy Sinatra)
Phil Spector .... thanks
Amy Stevens .... we would like to thank
Supergrass .... we would like to thank
Opal M. Tate .... we would like to thank: with love
Johnny Thunders .... we would like to thank: with love
Kevin Weatherly .... we would like to thank
Carl Wilson .... we would like to thank: with love
Dennis Wilson .... we would like to thank: with love
Wondermints .... we would like to thank
Ron Wood .... we would like to thank: with love
 

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug references
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Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:94 min
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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:
David Bowie:And that's when I started to know Rodney. He knew more about English bands than I did.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
a stranger-than-fiction true life story, 16 January 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

If "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" were not a documentary, no one would ever believe the story it tells. The film chronicles the life of Rodney Bingenheimer, the L.A. DJ who helped to launch the careers of many of the most influential bands in rock music history. However, if you're expecting Rodney to be a dashing, high-powered music exec with loads of cash and garages full of fancy sport cars, think again. He is, in fact, a painfully shy and unassuming man who seems totally out of place in the celebrity swirl of which he became so integral a part beginning in the 1960's. This is what makes his story and the film so fascinating, for who could have imagined that this gnomish young lad from Mountain View, California - essentially abandoned by both his mother and father and rejected by his peers - would somehow manage to make himself the center of attention for some of the greatest rock celebrities of the 1960's and '70's. Everybody who was anybody knew and adored Rodney, and, after he landed a gig as DJ at L.A.'s KROQ in the 1970's, he gave many struggling alternative artists their first real toehold on the radio, playing their records at a time when no other disc jockeys would touch them. The bands who practically owe their careers to Rodney Bingenheimer include Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Runaways, the Go-Go's, No Doubt, Coldplay, and many many others.

As a documentary, the film, written and directed by George Hickenlooper, takes a fairly conventional approach, combining images from Rodney's life with interviews by celebrities, relatives and friends commenting on him both as a person and as a phenomenon. The film provides a virtual who's who of some of the biggest names in the music business stepping up to the camera to have their say, most of it highly complimentary to the subject. Indeed, almost to a person, the interviewees talk about what a sweet, lovable guy Rodney is and how hobnobbing with so many celebrities has not diminished his innate humility and decency as a person. There is one moment in the film when Rodney allows his anger to get the better of him, but, most of the time, he comes across as a goodhearted, almost passive person who is surprisingly inarticulate and - one senses - not all that comfortable being the subject of a documentary. The film achieves a poignancy and sadness in its latter scenes when we discover that, despite all this notoriety among the glitterati in Hollywood, Rodney lives a rather isolated existence, never having found that one true love with whom he could settle down and make a life. In fact, the movie makes us question whether fame - or even proximity to the famous - can ever really lead to a happy, successful life. It's a lament we've heard many times before and will hear many times again.

"Mayor of the Sunset Strip" provides us with a kaleidoscopic view of the L.A. music scene from the mid 1960's to the present. Rodney's life becomes the forum for reliving all those exciting moments in which this parade of beautiful and talented people came to define the culture and eras of which they were a part. The film has an almost "Zelig" quality to it, as Rodney is photographed standing next to virtually every important rock artist to come down the pike in the last four decades.

I must admit that, even after watching "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," I still don't claim to understand how Rodney achieved everything that he did, and maybe no film could ever really capture that magic alignment of elements that made it possible for a shy, insecure young boy from a broken family - yet a boy with dreams and an abiding love of rock 'n roll - to play such a crucial part in music history. I guess you had to actually be there to really understand it.

My own experience with Rodney Bingenheimer is an extremely modest one. I once stood behind him while waiting to board a flight from San Jose to Burbank. Few people in the crowd seemed to know who he was, but an attractive young girl, obviously interested in pursuing a career in music, approached him and politely engaged him in conversation. Rodney, despite the fact that he could have simply ignored her advances and begged for privacy, instead turned his full attention to what it was she was saying, smiled demurely at her compliments, and offered her an opportunity to perform for him when they got back to L.A. It's that Rodney Bingenheimer who comes through in the film.

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