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Murphy Library showing Chuck Berry’s birthday concert Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m.

Posted on: April 14, 2013

When Bruce Springsteen was starting out, he got a gig one night playing backup for Chuck Berry — it’s a funny story.   Springsteen and others reminisce in the next Murphy Library movie, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, a documentary of the 1986 concert celebrating rock and roll pioneer Berry’s 60th birthday.  Director Taylor Hackford filmed rehearsals, interviews with old friends, and the concert itself. 

The Murphy Library is showing this film Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG. To see the trailer, go to or call 837-2417.

Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Linda Ronstadt, and a very patient Keith Richards played and sang at the concert.  Stones’ guitarist Richards not only played, he volunteered to be the music director of the concert for his longtime friend.  This was not an easy task.  He had seen Berry perform with several less than stellar back up bands, except, of course that night with Springsteen.  While Richards worked hard to make it right, he had not realized that Chuck Berry could make him crazier than Mick Jaggar!  That is why you can’t quite tell whether Richards is constantly drinking iced tea, or perhaps a nice ale.

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