Mayor of the Sunset Strip

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  94 min.
Release Date: April 30, 2004
DVD: September 7, 2004

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Cast: Rodney Bingenheimer, David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay , Courtney Love, Oasis , Brian Wilson, The Doors, Cher , Nancy Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Brooke Shields


Mayor of the Sunset Strip tells the story of music and fame through the eyes of pop impresario Rodney Bingenheimer, and his friends David Bowie, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Courtney Love, Oasis, Brian Wilson, The Doors, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Brooke Shields, among many others.

From the Monkees to Van Halen to No Doubt and beyond, Rodney Bingenheimer, a.k.a. "Rodney on the ROQ," has been a cherished figure not only in Los Angeles, but the entire music community, for over 2 decades. Motivated by his love for music and the allure of Hollywood, Rodney first hit the infamous Sunset Strip as a teenager during its psychedelic 1960s heyday. A constantly evolving fixture as scenester, journalist, promoter and club owner, Bingenheimer was deemed "Mayor of the Sunset Strip." He began spinning records on Los Angeles' cutting-edge radio station KROQ, and soon became one of the country's most well known DJs. Rodney was the first to play songs by many California pop, glam, punk, goth, new wave and alternative bands who have since become some of the most celebrated and influential bands in history, including David Bowie, Blondie, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Van Halen, The Go-Go's, Joan Jett, Dramarama, No Doubt, Coldplay Oasis, to name a few.

Mayor of the Sunset Strip depicts the unusual life of a man who was taken in by Sonny and Cher as a teenager, was a stand-in for Davie Jones on the Monkees, and went on to launch the careers of a multitude stars who clearly have not forgotten what Rodney's done for them.

Director: George Hickenlooper
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Chris Carter, Greg Little, Tommy Perna
Screenplay: George Hickenlooper
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