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when making this purchase, only consider getting the 4 disc set, not the two disc. You will want all of chuck!
It's a documentary based on the greatest rocker to ever carry a guitar Chuck Berry, but the docu. is wrapped around a concert marking Chuck's 60th birthday.
that's the bad part. everytime it starts getting good, it cuts to a whining julian lennon, loud etta james, eric clapton playing his white boy blues, Robert cray was actually really great! I think they just got the biggest names they could have gotten for the film's sake. I know clapton was richard's friend, so that's how they got him, plus you can tell he's a genuine chess lover, the guy bought howlin wolf's tombstone! but wouldn't it have been great if they got really awesome guys to cameo? like johnny thunders & david johansen, george harrison, little richard & bo were in it in short spurts but you can never get enough little richard!
I don't think Chuck really cared at all about the turning 60 mark, why would he even want you to know? The whole basis of the film is that "nobody knows the man" that's because chuck don't care about anyone. He got burned early on in the 50's and realized he's doing this gig for himself! that's really the director's choice (the concert) Taylor hackford who did "Ray" whom by the way got taken to the cleaners and hung out to dry by chuck, who came into the film as one of the producers, with a deal for like 180 grand, and ended up getting almost a million dollars out of a low budget documentary's budget simply because he plays everyone. just like half the guys in his band from keith richards to johnny johnson, he will take your band, your money, your women, and punch you in the face!
The film tells you all of this!
it doesn't go too deep into the really great parts of chuck's history like prison time, sex, and pretty much all the good stuff, and focuses on more humble beginings, wholesome views with merely overtones of greed, sex, and prison time which leaves you confused, and guessing because some parts get cut short when going into the dark parts of his life.
still, you can't beat chuck's playing ability, or his stamina, or his views on life, or the simplictic harmony going on at all times. he's the grand daddy of rock, and for the most part the film you see that, but there's so much left out that leaves you wanting more. he's such an interesting guy you feel like you have to sit down next to him and listen to all of the wisdom he's playing.
plus, i think he's stoned most of the film.
and it ends with him playing blues for hawaiians on a lap guitar and boy is it awesome! great production! just think of what it could have been though, but will never be. why? cause chuck didn't need a film to define him like ray charles, and jerry lee lewis, he's gotten all he wants out of life, and is a satisfied thinker. why else would he be the king? he doesn't need anyone's approval.
and he can still rock & roll.
"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."
That quote shows how one of the greatest (in my humble opinion) song writers of all time viewed the contribution of Chuck Berry to what we call Rock and Roll. When I first watched this movie in the theater with my Dad in the late 80's I still didn't realize what an influence Chuck was to this first wave (and subsequent waves) of the British invasions which were my formative years of music appreciation.
This box set will bring this outstanding film (can you tell I liked it) to a brand new younger audience. The digital remastering of the sound (5.1 dts) and the HD picture are awesome, this slice of history shines in a whole new light with 3 DVD's chocked full' special features, we get to see how business savvy C.B. had to be to get what he has gotten up to this point (not enough if you ask me). And how a depression era baby takes these baby boomers to the cleaners during the filming of this documentary (of which he is also a producer of) about him. The full interviews from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Sam Phillips, etc. are essential viewing for any aspiring rock aficionado.
The "making of" shows how organic something like a documentary film has to be to get a great film, maybe you would even want to watch this before the actual film itself? It's a toss up, just make sure you watch it.
And all for under $25.00. If you have any doubts I hope I helped to convince you to make this purchase.
Hail!Hail! Chuck Berry!
and he's still rockin' once a month in ol' St. Lou.
This Taylor Hackford film continues to fascinate me each time I watch it. While Chuck Berry is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to use a phrase from the movie: "Everyone knows the music, but no one knows the man".
Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards has his hands full trying to keep up with the soon to be 60-year-old Chuck. By the end of the movie, Keith confesses, "He's (Berry) given me more headaches that Mick Jagger"!
You may have seen the theatrical version but the extra discs (up to three in the boxed set) will fill in the gaps on why tension was felt on the set. Those who were there cherished the time with this pioneer of rock, but they couldn't wait to leave him by the end of the production.
I also purchased the book "Brown Eyed Handsome Man - the Life and Troubled Times of Chuck Berry" by Bruce Pegg to find more about Berry's three stints in prison.
This DVD/book is a roller coaster ride that will leave you exhausted, but, with a smile on your face. "Hail, Hail Rock and Roll" again!
Wonderful set. I caught some of this on TV and then just had to order a copy for me. Chuck Berry is so entertaining and can move, especially great at his age in this documentary. Plus you have performances by Etta James, Eric Clapton, and I saw a whole new side to Kieth Richards. Plus to see how open Chuck is about life is wonderful. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.
I thoroughly loved this 2 DVD set, more on the second DVD than the first. I am a huge fan of both Berry & Richards but to be honest, Keefers drunken (mumbling) state sadden me as he put this band together to honor Berry, yet is plastered during DVD #1. Loved Steve Jordan and the incredible Johnny Johnson in the band. One gets an interesting look at a nervous Etta James and Berry who is initially not a fan of Etta, but is overcome by her talent. The narrator did a fabulous job of covering and recording this incredible 60th Birthday documentary for Chuck Berry. The DVD's contain some very enjoyable interviews, practice seesions, and concerts, plus footage covering Berry going to early haunts where he started. Worth the price of admission! Hail Hail Rock & Roll.