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Director Taylor Hackford: Chuck Berry was impossible to work with on 1986 documentary

Taylor Hackford, who directed the documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll, chronicling two 1986 concerts celebrating Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday, was surprised by how difficult the “Johnnie B. Goode” singer really was.

“We all knew when we went to St. Louis in 1986,” he told Confidential about the pop music trailblazer who died Saturday at 90. “We knew Chuck Berry’s reputation. We didn’t have any idea if time had softened him but we found out that even at 60, he was the still the original rock and roll bad boy. He was impossible!”

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