60s Music Documentary Weekend
Directed by Brett Berns and Bob Sarles
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“There’s some juicy stuff here.” —Glenn Kenny, New York Times
While hardly a household name, Bert Berns wrote and produced some of the most enduring songs: Twist and Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Hang on Sloopy, I Want Candy, and Everybody Needs Somebody to Love. Berns’ sessions made legends of Solomon Burke, the Isley Brothers, the Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and Janis Joplin.
His premature death at 38 cut short a seven-year streak of hits, rooted in his early Brill Building and 1650 Broadway days, through his tenure at Atlantic Records to the formation and success of his own labels Bang Records and Shout Records. 2016, U.S., DCP, 94 minutes. Recommended for 13+.