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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
Mayor of the Sunset Strip -- A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer
Mayor of the Sunset Strip -- A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer
Mayor of the Sunset Strip -- Rodney Bingenheimer, The Mayor of the Sunset Strip, is perhaps the least-known celebrity in Hollywood, though somehow every celebrity seems to know him. From DAVY JONES' stunt double to KROQ DJ with a talent scout's vision, "Rodney on the ROQ" has done it all.

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26 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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A thought provoking look at the thin line between `the famous and the not so famous.' See more (25 total) »

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-Go's .... 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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MPAA:
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:
Courtney Love:[asked how she first met Rodney] I stalked him.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Loving You (1957)See more »
Soundtrack:
(Bang A Gong) Get It OnSee more »

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A thought provoking look at the thin line between `the famous and the not so famous.', 23 April 2004
Author: David Wraith (davidwraith@yahoo.com) from United States

If it hadn't already been used, a perfect alternative title for a movie about Los Angeles DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer might have been Almost Famous.

Listen to how Alice Copper describes Bingenheimer: `He was accepted by the Rolling Stones, he was accepted by The Beatles, he was accepted by The Beach Boys…' This slightly unflattering choice of words is significant. Not `was friends with,' not `hung out with,' not `partied with,' but `was accepted by.' One critic called the documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip the greatest rock & roll movie ever made. I'd have to watch Stop Making Sense and The Velvet Goldmine again before I could make that commitment, but in my opinion, Mayor isn't even about rock & roll. It's about fame, or the proximity to fame. It's about acceptance.

Rodney Bingenheimer's greatest achievement is that, for a generation, he introduced the most influential artists in modern rock to America radio. His second greatest accomplishment was his ability to be accepted. So many larger than life personalities try to force themselves into the spotlight. Meanwhile, quiet, shy, unassuming Rodney Bingenheimer has lived at the edge of the spotlight for his entire adult life.

Pamela Des Barres (who appears in the film) is arguably the world's greatest groupie. Bingenheimer is probably a close second, despite the handicap of being male (being a groupie, like being a fashion model or porn star, is one of the few pursuits in patriarchal society where being male is a handicap). But, while Des Barres is a pop icon, published author and happily married to former rocker Michael Des Barres, Bingenheimer is single, lives in a modest home with tattered furniture and has a once-a-week, 3 hour late-night radio show.

George Hickenlooper's Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a thought provoking look at Los Angeles and the thin but often uncrossable line between `the famous and the not so famous.' From its opening it seems to ask the question, why is one of the most influential men in American radio not a household name, when so many less deserving souls (cough-Carson Daly-cough) are. From the first frame of the film, I found myself sizing Bingenheimer up to come up with an answer. He's a short, skinny, funny looking guy. He's got what you'd call `a great face for radio.' However, he doesn't have a radio voice and after twenty years on the air he has not developed a radio persona. Perhaps this is why he will never reach the heights of Wolfman Jack, Kasey Casem or Rick Dees (yes, I just used `heights' and Rick Dees in the same sentence. No small feat). He lacks the authority of a Kurt Loader and perhaps was just born too early to take advantage of MTV, the network that can make less-than-handsome music aficionados like Matt Pinfield into TV personalities.

Over the span of the film, we see Rodney with the likes of Oasis, No Doubt, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Coldplay and Cher (who Rodney says was like a mother to him, although she looks remarkably younger than he does. Hmmm …). Many of these artists and many more credit Rodney with being the first to play their music on American radio. In photo montages we see old stills of Rodney with Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. We see film clips of Rodney with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Mamas and the Papas and John Lennon. The list is so impressive; if you saw it out of context you'd swear the pictures were fakes. The diminutive Bingenheimer often looks matted into the footage like Woody Allen in Zelig or Tom Hanks in Forest Gump.

Before the credits roll we will see Rodney betrayed by his best friend. We will see his unrequited love for a young girl who insists they are `just friends.' In one humorous and painful scene, we see his estranged family searching the house for pictures of Rodney in desperate attempt to look less estranged. Throughout the film two seemingly opposing questions dominate: With all these famous friends, why isn't Rodney more successful? And, why did all the famous people gravitate toward him to begin with?

In the end, perhaps the fact that Rodney Bingenheimer couldn't parlay his access to the rich and famous into wealth and fame is not the tragedy of Rodney Bingenheimer. Perhaps the fact that we find anyone who doesn't cash in on their proximity to fame tragic is the tragedy of America. Rodney Bingenheimer is our inner geek, the star-stuck autograph hound in all of us. Hickenlooper's film holds up a mirror to a celebrity obsessed culture, a culture fixated on something 99.9999% its members will never experience. Perhaps this is the tragedy of all our lives. After all, as bad as we may feel for Bingenheimer, the fact remains: WE are watching a movie about HIM, a movie in which he is hanging out with David Bowie, and we are not.

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