Mayor of the Sunset Strip

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip
Mayor of the Sunset Strip.jpg
Directed by George Hickenlooper
Produced by Greg Little
Written by George Hickenlooper
Starring Rodney Bingenheimer
Music by Anthony Marinelli
Edited by Julie Janata
Distributed by First Look Studios
Release date
  • June 17, 2003 (2003-06-17) (Los Angeles Film Festival)
  • March 26, 2004 (2004-03-26) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a 2003 documentary film on the life of Rodney Bingenheimer directed by George Hickenlooper, and produced by Chris Carter.[1][2][3][4] In 2011, Craig Hlavaty of the Houston Press named Mayor of the Sunset Strip at number eight on the paper's list of "The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time".[5] The film won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2004 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.[6]


The film features interviews with Tori Amos, Beck, David Bowie, Clem Burke, Belinda Carlisle, Chris Carter, Dramarama, Exene Cervenka, Cher, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Cherie Currie, Michael Des Barres, Pamela Des Barres, Henry Diltz, John Doe, Corey Feldman, Kim Fowley, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Godsmack, Green Day, Debbie Harry, George Hickenlooper, Mick Jagger, Jed the Fish, Joan Jett, Davy Jones, Kato Kaelin, Lance Loud, Courtney Love, Annabella Lwin, Ray Manzarek, Johnny Marr, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Mackenzie Phillips, Poe, Monique Powell, Keanu Reeves, Paul Reubens, Brooke Shields, Nancy Sinatra, Phil Spector, Gwen Stefani, Danny Sugerman, Pete Townshend, Ronald Vaughan, George Wendt, Louise Wener, Brian Wilson, Carnie Wilson, Neil Young, and Rob Zombie.


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 23, 2004). "Mayor of the Sunset Strip". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  2. ^ Stephanie Zacharek (13 April 2004). ""Mayor of the Sunset Strip"". Salon. Retrieved 23 October 2015. Meet L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who helped launch the careers of Blondie, the Ramones, Van Halen, the Go-Go's and countless others. 
  3. ^ "Peter Pan of sunset strip". 13 May 2005. Retrieved 23 October 2015. I was against the idea of the film at first," notes Bingenheimer, speaking from his apartment in Hollywood, which in the film appears crammed full of music and archived memorabilia. "But then all my friends - Cher, Nancy Sinatra, David Bowie - said they would do it, so I agreed to it. 
  4. ^ Richard von Busack (7 April 2004). "Rock & Roll Royalty". Metroactive. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (12 January 2011). "The 31 Best Music Documentaries of All Time". Houston Press. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "2004 Film and Award History". Santa Barbara International Film Festival. 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 

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