Published on September 30th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


“Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll” Director Jon Brewer On Berry’s Influence & More

In the highly-anticipated feature-length documentary, the life story of Chuck Berry is unveiled within Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Despite his iconic status, and reverence for his talent by many of rock’s heroes — including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, Bryan Adams and KISS — all featured, Chuck Berry was a family man. He was a prolific craftsman of word and chords, an undisputed and stunning combination of talent and charisma. First finding fame in the 1950s, Berry was still playing music over 60 years later when he passed in 2017.

Award-winning filmmaker Jon Brewer (BB King: The Life Of Riley, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark) was personally selected by the Berry Estate to produce and direct this exclusive insight to the man known as Chuck Berry. Granted exclusive access to previously-unseen materials by even the most devout of fans, Brewer has undoubtedly helmed the most complete history of Chuck Berry ever made publicly-available via this newly-released documentary from Cardinal Releasing.

On September 30, 2020, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jon Brewer via Zoom, as embedded below. We discussed Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, some of rock’s unsung heroes, future projects and plenty more within our chat. More on Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll can be found online by visiting and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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