Chuck Berry was rock and roll. Besides selling millions of records, he was able to sue the Beach Boys and The Beatles for plagiarism. Chuck original hits were the part of the bedrock that inspired generation of musicians including the Rolling Stones (which I don’t think he sued). He probably had most of generations play with him. For decades when Chuck Berry went on tour, the concert promoter had to pay Chuck and provide a back up band. If Chuck liked the band, he would pay them at the end of the show. If he thought they were barely passable, they had earned the honor of saying they’d once played with Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll (Collector’s Edition) has Chuck with perhaps his finest backing band. The concert film had a very special night with Keith Richards’ rounding up his pals to pay tribute to their inspiration. Now the night is bring brought to Blu-ray with plenty of bonus features about the legendary night. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:
CHUCK BERRY: HAIL! HAIL! ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (COLLECTOR’S EDITION)
AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ FOR THE FIRST TIME
ON NOVEMBER 19, 2019
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
Los Angeles, CA – Shout! Factory pays homage to a legend with the November 19 Shout Select release of Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll (Collector’s Edition) on DVD, and for the first time ever, on Blu-ray™.
The unforgettable life and music of legendary rock pioneer Chuck Berry are celebrated in this landmark feature film, capturing a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of rock ‘n’ roll’s finest! In 1986, Keith Richards invited a roster of brilliant musicians to honor Chuck Berry for an evening of music to commemorate Berry’s 60th birthday, including performances by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, and Julian Lennon, along with archival footage of an unforgettable duet by Chuck and John Lennon!
This dynamite crowd pleaser from director Taylor Hackford (Ray, Against All Odds), and Stephanie Bennett, producer of Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll and author of the new book Johnny B. Bad: Chuck Berry and the Making of Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll, will keep your toes tapping and your soul rocking all night long!
Special Features Include:
Introduction by director Taylor Hackford
54 minutes of rehearsal footage
The Reluctant Movie Star making-of documentary
Witnesses to History documentary Parts 1 & 2
“Chuckisms” – a collection of classic Chuck Berry remarks
“The Burnt Scrapbook” – Chuck Berry reminisces over his musical memories with The Band’s Robbie Robertson
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
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