Documentary - Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll (1987) - Presented by My Mind’s Eye Records
The “Poet of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Chuck Berry, turned ninety in October, and celebrated by releasing his first album in almost forty years. For his sixtieth birthday party (October 18, 1986) he played a concert in his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri and made a lively musical documentary. In addition to Berry, we are treated to interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and comparative youngsters Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen. Whenever he goes on the radio interview circuit, Berry insists upon answering pre-set questions. A few moments into this fi lm, it’s easy to see why: Berry tolerates neither fools nor unpleasant surprises very well at all. Once all the words are spent, however, we are left with blue-ribbon concert footage lensed at St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, showing off Berry at his best.