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Lobero LIVE Presents ‘Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll’

Keith Richards, left, author Stephanie Bennett and Chuck Berry. Click to view larger
Keith Richards, left, author Stephanie Bennett and Chuck Berry. (Contributed photo)

Thirty years ago, the seminal music documentary Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ’N’ Roll profiled the legend during a star-studded concert celebrating his 60th birthday. Among the artists performing with Berry were Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Johnnie Johnson, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Julian Lennon and more.

A new book, Johnny B. Bad: Chuck Berry and the Making of Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll, tells the complete story behind one of America’s most enduring and embattled icons.

Lobero LIVE presents a special event that reveals the man behind the music on March 24 with a full screening of Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll and a Q&A with director Taylor Hackford and author Stephanie Bennett.

Johnny B Bad: Chuck Berry and the Making of Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll will be published by Rare Bird Books on March 18, the anniversary of Berry's passing.

Hackford is a producer and director, known for Ray (2004), Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Dolores Claiborne (1995).

Bennett, the producer of Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll, began her association with the music business in the l970s with the creation of Delilah Books — the first publisher of rock-and-roll books, including the best-selling biography of Bruce Springsteen’s early career, Born to Run.

In the early l980s, she created Delilah Films, where she produced more than 30 critically-acclaimed music and concert documentaries, including The Compleat Beatles, The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert, Roy Orbison: A Black and White Night, Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind and The Beach Boys: Endless Summer.

Tickets for Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll with Hackford and Bennett are on sale now at Lobero.org, or by calling the Lobero Box Office at 805.963.0761. Tickets are $70 for the VIP Meet & Greet at 3 p.m. in the Lobero Courtyard and includes an autographed book and photo op with filmmakers; $20 for reserved seating.

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— Angie Bertucci represents the Lobero Theatre.

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