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Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Exene Cervenka ... Herself
John Doe ... Himself
X X ... Themselves
Chris P. Carter Chris P. Carter ... Himself - Dramarama (as Chris Carter)
Courtney Love ... Herself - Hole
Gwen Stefani ... Herself - No Doubt
Brooke Shields ... Herself
Kim Fowley Kim Fowley ... Himself - Record Producer
Brian Wilson ... Himself - The Beach Boys
Alice Cooper ... Himself
Michael Des Barres ... Himself - Silverhead
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself - Author, 'I'm With the Band'
Monique Powell Monique Powell ... Herself
Keanu Reeves ... Himself
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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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One unlikely man made America listen. See more »


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

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English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dimarhos tou Sunset Strip See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,722, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$257,315, 6 June 2004
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Rodney Bingenheimer: [pointing to a frame on his wall] Elvis Presley's driver's license.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll pictures of Rodney's life, and appearances with his famous friends, are shown. See more »

Connections

References Loving You (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha Ha
Written by Jerry Samuels
Performed by Kim Fowley
Used by permission of Wise Brothers Music LLC (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Kim Fowley
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Fun and freaky, sad but not weepy
13 November 2004 | by MovieMaven411See all my reviews

Nothing says more about LA or its much maligned Hit-Driven Radio than Rodney Bingenheimer.

He personally broadcast inspired musical choices on KROQ, his cutting edge decisions to play breakout bands, his warm dedication to Rock N' Roll in the face of fast cash that was always "within his grasp".

I think every young guy of 18-24 wants the "Rodney life". Babes, rock , free music, speedy lifestyle... wow--he had it all !!!

...but it all comes down to the thin brown ashes off the side of a boat in the English Channel. A rare naked moment for Rodney when he's finally "sending off" his Mother. All of a sudden, his edgy life feels empty.

In 1979, when I hit L.A. , Rodney on the ROCKS was the best Saturday night show on radio. What is really great, is that rare magic spikes comes through the classic Rock icon images like the pasty multiple facelifts of a monotone Nancy Sinatra, who can't move her lips.

In the '80's and 90's, his influence on generation(s) of young music fans was unparalleled. Mind you, he has the worst voice ever created for radio. Now, he's faded to a Doctor Demento cult figure that seems more tragic than I would like.

Rodney seems lost and now a little desperate around the edges.... (What does he do besides work 3 hours a week??)

The documentary is brilliant.... How many documentaries have a bad guy that you love to hate--- Kim Fowley-- the Human Canker Sore. (Mr. Fowley claims no drug use but keep inhaling and touching his nose?!? I suspect he might end up on a free guest spot for "Six Feet Under") I'm kinda glad to have NEVER met Kim Fowley in person. Even his video presence is a little freaky.

And... Rodney is never judgmental to anyone... probably a more human flaw when it comes to the Fowleys of this world.


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