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Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Released 1987
Distributor Universal Pictures

Directed by Taylor Hackford, this revealing 1987 documentary celebrating Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday turns into an exploration of the great rocker’s curdled world view as much as a tribute to his music; by film’s end we realize the two are inexorably intertwined. Along with signature performances from Keith Richards (who conceived the event) and Eric Clapton, there are scintillating and hilarious reminisces from Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon. 

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.