Awesome news that the old 1987 Chuck Berry documentary “Hail Hail Rock and Roll” by Taylor Hackford is now available on a brand new 4CD DVD box set on June 27.
According to this AP news story……
“Everything with Chuck Berry has to do with the dollar sign. But you know what? It’s OK.”
That’s the basic sentiment of many who have dealt with Berry. He may be tyrannical, but if he had not written tunes like “Maybelline,” “Johnnie B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan might not have gone very far. (A call to his long-time booking agent was not returned.) Less enamored was producer Stephanie Bennett, who put the whole project together, and recalled in the documentary that she was rewarded with constant unwelcome advances from Berry, whom Hackford described as “a major sexual animal.”