Bang! The Bert Berns Story


Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6:00pm
Stage at KDHX

Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns, the most important ’60s songwriter and record producer whose name you’ve never heard. Berns’ hits include “Hang on Sloopy,” “Here Comes the Night,” “I Want Candy,” and “Piece of My Heart.” One of the great originals of the golden age of R&B, Berns produced historic records such as “Cry to Me” by Solomon Burke, “Under the Boardwalk” by the Drifters, and “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers. As head of his own label, Bang Records, he signed and supervised the first solo records by Neil Diamond and Van Morrison. Filmmaker Brett Berns brings his late father's story to the screen through rare performance footage and interviews with those who knew him best, including Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Keith Richards, and Paul McCartney. Rolling Stone calls Berns’ tragically short career — he died at age 38 — "one of the great untold stories of rock and roll."

95 min.

Directed by

Bob Sarles & Brett Berns

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Music Spotlight