Watch: Chuck Berry remembered by rock’s finest in new documentary trailer

Feature film includes interviews with Berry’s widow and two children.

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The rock ’n’ roll community suffered a huge loss with the passing of Chuck Berry two years ago at the age of 90. The legend is now the subject of Jon Brewer’s upcoming documentary, Chuck Berry, which honours the pioneering rock star through conversations with his peers and family members.

The trailer for Chuck Berry features interviews with the likes of Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, George Thorogood, Joe Perry and members from the E Street Band. The most notable soundbites come from Nile Rodgers and Alice Cooper, with the former saying that Berry “changed the guitar into more of a percussive instrument”, and the latter calling Berry’s music the “blueprint for what rock ’n’ roll is supposed to be”.

The trailer also paints an intimate portrait of the Johnny B. Goode singer through conversations with his family members. Themetta Suggs, Berry’s wife of 68 years, explained that “when [Berry] came home, he was the man [she] married”. The rock pioneer infamously spent one and a half years in jail for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

The documentary will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on 4 October.

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