Some stories about the death and life of Chuck Berry, the man who helped start a revolution:
- CNN’s obit, to which I contributed the lion’s share (and I can’t believe the editors cut out my reference to “Saturday Night Live’s” “Send more Chuck Berry” line. Comedy gold!)
- Billboard’s appreciation, noting that “unlike Domino, Presley, Haley or even the immensely influential Diddley, Chuck Berry helped codify what rock music would become”
- Joe Perry’s essay in Rolling Stone, noting that “It’s not so much what he played — it’s what he didn’t play”
- A chapter from Chuck Klosterman’s “What If We’re Wrong?”, in which he spends thousands of words only to come to the conclusion that the one rock ‘n’ roll musician who will be remembered in 300 years is Berry (to which I said, Well, duh)
- And an interview with the master himself by Luke Dittrich, from the January 2012 Esquire.
And if you aren’t in the mood to read, well, just listen. Nobody said it better than Charles Anderson Edward Berry.