Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
When St. Louis native Chuck Berry died earlier this year, the entire world mourned the passing of the rock ’n’ roll pioneer. SLIFF pays tribute to the legendary songwriter, singer, and guitarist with a screening of “Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll,” which was filmed by director Taylor Hackford on the occasion of Berry’s 60th birthday. The documentary captures a pair of epic concerts staged in 1986 at the Fox Theatre, with Berry performing with an all-star roster of admiring musicians. Among the featured performers are Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Joe Walsh. The film — which critic Robert Christgau calls a “wickedly funny and moving rock-doc classic” — also features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Berry and such musical contemporaries as Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis. One of the singers featured in the film is Berry’s daughter Ingrid. She and brother Charles Berry Jr., a guitarist who also performed with his father, will be joined in a post-film conversation by Joe Edwards, whose Blueberry Hill was the longtime home of monthly concerts by Berry. Music critic Daniel Durchholz will conduct the interview with the trio.
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