A new Chuck Berry documentary, titled simply, Chuck Berry, chronicles the life and career of the “Father of Rock N’ Roll.” Rolling Stone posted the trailer to the film, which was directed and produced by Jon Brewer, and premieres on October 4th at the Nashville Film Festival. Among the legends appearing on camera in the film are as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Gene Simmons, Steve Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren, Alice Cooper, George Thorogood, Johnny Rivers, Joe Bonamassa, and Nile Rodgers.
Also interviewed are Berry’s son and daughter — both longtime bandmates of his — Ingrid Berry and Charles Berry, Jr.; and for the first time ever, Berry’s wife of 68 years, Themetta Suggs Berry.
Director Jon Brewer said, “The family members really gave a profound insight into the man behind the music. Also we talk to his lawyer about the truth behind some of these charges levied against Berry. . . and that’s a film in itself.”
Keith Richards — perhaps Chuck Berry’s most ardent admirer — continues to inject Berry’s style and energy into the his and the Rolling Stones‘ work even through today: “Chuck Berry — I always felt that I owed the man, y’know, an incredible debt for his music and for the fact of turning me on (laughs). And at the same time, I just thought Chuck was the epitome of what archetypal rock n’ roll should be. Great songs. Incredible beat. Lyrics — they always got a little joke, or two, in them. Nothing’s too serious. And also, that magical, sort of roll. I guess I gotta say that beautiful bounce and fly on the beat that was very jazz-like. It seemed to be a continuity between. . . I mean other people sort of thinking rock n’ roll was new, I knew it was (as) old as the hills.”
Chuck Berry died of natural causes on March 18th, 2017 at age 90. On June 9th, 2017, his final album, titled, Chuck, was released and peaked at Number Nine on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.