The owner of Bang! Records, Bert Berns produced some of the 1960s’ greatest hits, including “Piece of My Heart” and “Hang on Sloopy,” and launched the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. He also did business with the Mob. This entertaining documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, chronicles his uncommon life.
Influenced by a variety of musical styles, the Bronx-born Berns began his career as a songwriter, penning the classic “Twist and Shout” before moving on to work as a producer with Atlantic Records. With his hits influencing musicians worldwide, including the Beatles, Berns’s career skyrocketed, and he founded his own label. But when his three partners turned on him, Burns solicited the help of gangsters to keep his business—and his dream—alive. Featuring rare footage, vintage photos and interviews with the likes of Ronald Isley, Ben E. King and others.
Producer: Michael B. Borofsky, Brooks Arthur | Editor: Bob Sarles | Cinematographer: Aaron Medlick, Gil Gilbert | Screenwriter: Joel Selvin
Cast: Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Ronald Isley, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Jeff Barry, Cissy Houston, Mike Stoller, Brooks Arthur, Brenda Reid, Andrew Loog Oldham, Carmine Wassel DeNoia, Ilene Berns