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Bang! The Bert Berns Story

  • Directed by Bob Sarles
  • United States, 2015, 95 mins., English

Though he died at age 37, Bert Berns managed to become one of the most important songwriters of the 1960s. His hits included such classics as “Twist & Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Hang on, Sloopy,” among others, and as a producer at Atlantic Records, he fashioned such classics as “Under the Boardwalk,” hired Jimmy Page as a session guitarist, and guided such talents as Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Ben E. King, and many others as the house “white soul brother.” Later, Berns founded Bang Records, signing Van Morrison, and Shout, an R&B label. Featuring interviews with music legends Burke, Cissy Houston, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, and many others, Bob Sarles and Brett Berns (Bert Berns’ son), celebrate a colorful life and legacy as influential as it is little-known.

Genres: Music, Documentary