‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Director Remembers ‘Diabolical’ Chuck Berry

Filmmaker Taylor Hackford, who destined Chuck Berry‘s classical 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, penned a reverence to Berry following the stone legend’s death Saturday.


“He was a many critical figure in stone ‘n’ roll. Every stone ‘n’ hurl man starts by personification Chuck Berry songs,” Hackford wrote for the Hollywood Reporter.

In a remembrance, Hackford reminisces about a “difficult” fire for Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll and how Berry would mostly collaborate opposite his possess documentary.

“Chuck was some-more formidable than any film star I’ve ever worked with,” Hackford wrote. “More complicated, some-more difficult, some-more diabolical. Diabolical is a wise term. At a same time, we totally desired him.”

Hackford validated a story about how – notwithstanding Universal giving Berry $500,000 for a rights to his song in a documentary – a guitarist refused to extract in a initial day of sharpened unless a writer physically came adult with some-more money, that was delivered to him in a brownish-red bag.

“I adore Chuck Berry, though each day was a negotiation. It is not an deceit to contend he was a many formidable star we have ever known, as formidable and gifted as anybody I’ve ever met. He let me inside his life — adult to a point,” Hackford added. The executive would after helm another film about a song legend, a Ray Charles biopic Ray.

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, a Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and a Beatles’ Ringo Starr were among those to pay reverence to Berry following his genocide Saturday.

“Chuck Berry tangible stone ‘n hurl guitar, he was a illusory performer, though some-more importantly, he was a initial good stone ‘n hurl songwriter,” Hackford added. “All of them — a Rolling Stones, a Beatles, Bob Dylan, Prince — they’ve all pronounced they wouldn’t be there but Chuck Berry. And he did it over and over again.”


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