BANG! The Bert Berns Story

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USA | 2016 | 94 minutes | Brett Berns, Bob Sarles

Steven Van Zandt narrates the life of Bert Berns, the influential songwriter and producer behind such classics as "Twist and Shout" and "Piece of My Heart," whose 1960s record label launched the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond.

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You may not have heart of Bert Berns, but you've definitely heard his music. As a songwriter and record producer, he lodged 51 pop/R&B chart singles during his seven-year heyday, including "Twist and Shout," "Cry Baby," "Under the Boardwalk," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," "I Want Candy," "Hang On Sloopy," "Brown-Eyed Girl," and "Cherry, Cherry," earning the #64 spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time" list. Born to Russian-Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, Berns contracted rheumatic fever at a young age, leading to a chronic heart condition whose effects informed every one of his emotionally raw, shout-to-the-heavens songs. Obsessed with the mambo craze of the 1950s, he spent time in Havana before Castro rose to power, and his subsequent fixation on infusing music with Afro-Cuban rhythm changed American pop culture forever. Narrated by musician Steven Van Zandt (co-producer of the Broadway-bound jukebox musical "Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story"), BANG! charts Berns' besieged path through the record industry from multiple perspectives, courtesy of interviews with Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Betty Harris, and Ronald Isley, as well as no-holds-barred revelations from record executives, songwriters, and even mob-connected artist managers.

Director Biography
Brett Berns is the son of Bert Berns, a great songwriter and producer of the 1960s. Brett owns Sloop II Music and publishes the Bert Berns Catalogue. He produced the music for the musical "Piece of My Heart," which premiered Off-Broadway in 2014.

Bob Sarles has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work as a film and TV editor. He's edited several major reality TV shows for MTV, ABC, and PBS, and has also edited and produced many music videos for artists including ZZ Top, Green Day, and Otis Redding.

Sponsored by EMP Museum, KEXP 90.3 FM, Silver Platters

  • Director: Brett Berns, Bob Sarles
  • Principal Cast: Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Ben E. King, Ronald Isley, Solomon Burke
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Michael B. Borofsky, Brooks Arthur, Leo Feroleto
  • Cinematographers: Aaron Medick, Gil Gilbert
  • Editors: Bob Sarles
  • Music: Barry Goldberg, Joshua Meltzer
  • Filmography: Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP