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Andre 3000 Speaks on Jimi Hendrix Biopic

We’re revisiting this November 2012 article in commemoration of Hendrix, widely considered the greatest rock guitarist of all time, who passed away on Sept. 18, 1970.

In order to capture his best version of Jimi Hendrix for an upcoming biopic, OutKast’s Andre 3000 said he had to think of him as a regular dude and not a rock star.

“I didn’t look at him as an icon because when you’re in it, you don’t know you’re an icon. You don’t know you’re an icon until another people say you’re an icon,” the 37-year-old said in an interview Tuesday.

“So I had to take it as a person, you know what I mean? And I just tried to say, `Well, what would Jimi want people to know that they can’t get off of YouTube?’ And that’s how I approached it,” he said.

Hendrix died at age 27 in 1970. He was ranked No. 1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest guitarists of all-time list. His band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is known for iconic albums such as Electric Ladyland and Are You Experienced.

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