Michael J. Fox recalls putting pressure on himself to nail the guitar parts in Back to the Future’s iconic Johnny B. Goode scene

For adults of a certain age, Michael J. Fox’s electric guitar performance of Johnny B. Goode in 1985’s Back to the Future – a scene in which he accidentally invents rock ‘n’ roll by playing the song to a crowd of high schoolers in 1955 – is as iconic as the actual Chuck Berry recording itself.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.