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Music Block 1: BANG! The Bert Berns Story
October 8, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“Darker Clouds” (4:00pm), Mel Yourich, USA, 4 minutes – This song was performed and produced by Luscious Purr, Mel Yourich and Tracy Salka, at GirlFriend Studios in Hagerstown, MD. Mel wrote this song about one mother’s difficult life: from being raised by neglectful and abusive parents in a small coal mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania to marrying an alcoholic. As you will see, she could not escape the pain of constant verbal, physical, and emotional abuse. Her daughter has great empathy for her mother, and she, as her daughter, has lived some of the emotional pain with her mother. Finally, the mother escapes but only because of the inevitable. There is no more looking back for the daughter or her mother. Both are now free.
“BANG! The Bert Berns Story” (4:06pm), Brett Berns, USA, 94 minutes – Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary narrated by Steven Van Zandt. You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he has written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love. Berns sessions made legends of Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and Janis Joplin. His premature death at 38 cut short a seven-year streak of hits, rooted in his early Brill Building and 1650 Broadway days, through his tenure at Atlantic Records to the formation and success of his own labels Bang Records and Shout Records.
Festival Passes are $50 and are good for all receptions, panels, and screenings over four days. General Admission tickets are $8 and will be available at the ticket counter.