Mayor of the Sunset Strip

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Released 2008

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Director:
George Hickenlooper
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a documentary about the life of Rodney Bingenheimer, a former disc jockey and publicist who became known for the close friendships he developed with many of the most prominent musicians of the 1960s and 1970s. Bingenheimer's parents essentially abandoned him while he was still a teenager. Desperate to find friends, he began to explore the burgeoning Los Angeles music scene. A genuine music enthusiast with a superb facility for making friends, Bingenheimer became close with icons such as Sonny and Cher, David Bowie and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. He would translate these friendships with celebrity musicians into a career as a club owner and later, significantly, a radio DJ on KROQ. While at KROQ, Bingenheimer would be the first DJ to play songs by then unknown bands such as Van Halen, Duran Duran, the Sex Pistols and Blondie. Despite this, his life appears to be quite lonely after so many years in the limelight. Mayor of the Sunset Strip questions the value of what Bingenheimer truly achieved in his desperate need to hobnob with the famous.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Made by Hickenlooper over a six-year period, "Mayor" is rich in interviews, with comments from rock stars.

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Keeps its claws carefully retracted. That's probably for the best, since the documentary still leaves a bitter aftertaste.

  • 60

    Variety

    Spectacular song selection gives the docu an appropriate rock 'n' roll swagger and accompanying soundtrack would be a valuable overview of the bands championed by Rodney on the ROQ.

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    Documentary, Drama

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    Independent, Biography, Historical