Here Comes Bert Berns! New Documentary “BANG: The Bert Berns Story” To Premiere at SXSW

Before Bert Berns takes over Broadway, he’s giving you another little piece of his heart: a new documentary.

If you didn’t catch Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story when it was Off-Broadway, or you haven’t read Here Comes the Night by Joel Selvin yet, here’s a little back story…


Photo: Jenny Anderson; Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story Off-Broadway at Signature Theatre

Bert Berns has worked with some of the music industry’s greatest names (and is rumored to know a few members of the Mafia). At age 38, Berns died from heart failure, leaving behind music that would live on forever, including “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Here Comes The Night,” and “I Want Candy.


Bert Berns in the Studio

Now, the new documentary “BANG: The Bert Berns Story,” created by Berns’ son Brett Berns, is making its world premiere this weekend at the music and film festival, South by Southwest.


Narrated by Steven Van Zandt, discover the man who wrote the songs you love from those who knew him best, including Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney and more. Get full SXSW showtime and theatre details here.

And there’s more! Next month, Berns will receive The Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Click below to watch the trailer for “BANG: The Bert Berns Story!”