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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.
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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A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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-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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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:
Courtney Love:[asked how she first met Rodney] I stalked him.See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Rodney who? Watch and find out..., 3 November 2003
Author: noir guy from London, England

According to this film, the 'Mayor of the Sunset Strip' is Rodney Bingenheimer. Rodney who? Well, watch this fascinating documentary, directed by George Hickenlopper (HEARTS OF DARKNESS : A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE), and find out! Bingenheimer is seemingly the kind of selfless guy who appears to have initially been a kind of male groupie in the 60s and who subsequently unconditionally promoted U.S. and U.K. rock and pop acts through his L.A. based 'Rodney on the Roq' radio show and is acclaimed in almost reverential tones by those who owe their Stateside break to the airplay which apparently broke them through to the U.S. mainstream. As these artists include the likes of Brian Wilson, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Oasis and Coldplay (not sure I can forgive Rodney those last two), and given that the soundtrack includes these bands and many more individuals and groups (e.g. including a certain Mr. Bowie) which would have set virtually any other movie back several million greenbacks had they not offered their tracks for the minimum cost required to sort the legal paperwork, one can see how revered this apparently somewhat impoverished starmaker is (although his collection of pop memorabilia could set him up for several lifetimes should he choose to part with it). A Zelig-like figure whom the film's archival footage (filmed and photographic) shows to have been present at virtually all the epochal rock moments of the last 40 years, as well as one whose life has perhaps not turned out to be as successful as one might expect (the man still appears to dine at Denny's, for crying out loud!) and who seems to have been let down by those who might have reciprocated more kindly for the leg-up he appears to have given them, is well-served by this compassionate, occasionally hilarious (the Cherie Currie story about sinister svengali producer/performer Kim Fowley and his punchy riposte is a hoot) and ultimately rather sad and cautionary tale of the darker side of the American Dream. A man who, as my friend pointed out afterwards, appears to have inspired The Ramones' choice of tonsorial grooming and who still appears to be occasionally mistaken for The Monkees' Davy Jones (he originally auditioned for Jones' role and was sometimes deployed as his double which, if nothing else, seems to have added a few notches to his bedpost) and whose sad-faced countenance speaks more vividly of a lifetime of let-downs than any rancid verbal outpourings (he actually seems too polite to engage in on-screen badmouthing of even those who might deserve a well-aimed verbal broadside), this features an engaging mixture of talking head and rare archival footage and entertains as it delivers an impressionistic vulture's eye view of the West Coast zeitgeist, leaving one in no doubt that the film's title appropriately rests on this unlikely, slightly-built and spindly-legged character. An enlightening documentary, and highly recommended fare with no 'dead air'.

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