"Rodney is an underrated legend," says Gwen Stefani of trendsetting Los Angeles radio DJ Rodney Bingenheimer. "He helped a lot of people along the way." Bingenheimer — famous for breaking U.K. bands ranging from the Sex Pistols to the Clash in this country on his influential KROQ show, and for championing everything from glam rock to New Wave – is the subject of director George Hickenlooper's fascinating new documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, At an L.A. screening, he was joined by No Doubt, the Bangles, Green Day, Rob Zombie and Rancid, and was presented with a 2003 GTO, a gift from the Offspring and Brian Wilson, among others. Says Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go's, "To me, he was a god."
This story appeared in the July 24th, 2003 issue of Rolling Stone.