Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll
Chuck Berry is the father of Rock & Roll. So, it makes since that he would celebrate his 60th birthday in a rock & roll way! Berry tears up the stage with the “lady of blues,” Etta James. It’s being filmed for a documentary by director Taylor Hackford called Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll. With an all-star list of guests, you know it’s going to be over the top affair!
For most, the 60th birthday is a big moment for anyone to experience. So, Keith Richards assembles a band featuring Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato and Eric Clapton. Also joining them on stage are musicians Chuck Levelle, Bobby Keyes, and Steve Jordon. Along with Berry’s longtime collaborator and pianist Johnnie Johnson under the musical direction of Keith Richards.
Lending their vocals are Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Julian Lennon, helping Berry perform his classic rock songs. While showcasing his abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician, and entertainer. With artists like Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, and others. There’s even a rarity for Berry, a rehearsal!
Not only does the documentary includes archival footage from the 1950s. But, also a duet with John Lennon rounds out this portrait of a master. Taylor Hackford does a phenomenal job in this documentary. He captures Berry in all of his many guises – charming, professional, intelligent, thoughtful, petulant, difficult, and combative. Providing interviews on his career are rock and roll contemporaries Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, and Bo Diddley. Additional interviews on his inspiration come from Bruce Springsteen and an older clip from John Lennon.
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