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Sometimes, it’s pressing to recollect the plain. For instance, Chuck Berry (1926-2017) is the cornerstone of guitar rock. His metallic and expressive sound is, for instance, within the work of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, who recorded a lot of his compositions. Beyond the music, there’s his contribution to the founding myths. His lyrics discuss pace and motion, geography and the night time, frustrations and the urgency of need. He positioned rock and roll earlier than the mirror and outlined the boastful character of that revolution, the ardor of his followers and even the archetype of the rocker of humble origins, in that cycle of songs that he began from. Johnny B. Goode. All narrated with clear diction and unstoppable momentum.

Then there’s the B facet of the character. Super conscious of his powers however, is, He recorded virtually his complete discography for a label, Chess Records, that stole from him and mistreated him: there isn’t any artist who has so many ugly covers on his unique LPs. It is true that he didn’t want a brake on his wheels: he sabotaged himself with chaotic concert events, ceaselessly accompanied by teams he didn’t know, with whom he refused to rehearse. Besides, he had an unleashed libido: if the Moonglows sang to the Ten commandments of affection, he recorded the Thirteen questions methodology, a document to seduce.

It is revealed Chuck Berry. The definitive biography (Neo Person), by RJ Smith, which clears up some enigmas. Born in St. Louis, Chuck grew up in a middle-class surroundings, which didn’t forestall him from struggling the absurd slaps of racial segregation. A voracious listener, he soaked up jazz, blues, boogie woogie, nation and what handed for Latin music there. His father was very spiritual and viciously punished any deviation from the principles; The boy rebelled and in 1944 he was already locked up in a reform college. There he would take the chance to review, simply as in subsequent jail stays.

Chuck boasted of being a handyman, able to fixing any machine. Perhaps that explains his angle towards music: he functioned extra like a craftsman than an artist. He copied himself and delighted in insulting different instrumentalists, to point out his clumsiness and show that solely he mastered his methods: within the movie Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll we see him arguing with Keith Richards concerning the right approach to play Carol.

He was rigid: if the contract required him to play 45 or 60 minutes, that's what he did; If they requested for an encore, that concession was charged individually (prematurely and in money, as he at all times demanded). As a businessman, he was short-termist. He wasn't impressed by celebrities. He humiliated admirers such because the Steve Miller Band, the Sir Douglas Quintet or the stellar British teams that needed to document with him. He didn’t give a form phrase to the Beatles, who facilitated his business resurrection within the sixties.

Chuck was tall, good-looking and charismatic. He had an obsession with white ladies and, technophile issues, he preferred to doc his sexual encounters. There had been no social networks then however these images, these movies (not at all times consensual) ended up circulating. As RJ Smith's e book explains, they hit him the place it damage most: he needed to pay quite a few compensations.

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