Wednesday, September 1, 2010


The new issue of Rolling Stone (True Blood cover) has a great feature with Chuck Berry. That, in itself, is sort of news.  Chuck famously doesn't trust journalists, and rarely grants interviews.  So this is the rare chance to read a new interview with the man who pretty much created rock and roll. 

But even more notable than that is that he didn't come off the way I thought he would in the interview. He has a reputation for being difficult and bitter and edgy (even the writer noted this at the beginning of the piece).  He wasn't any of those things, and the writer even mentions that it seemed that Berry forgot he was giving an interview during some of the conversations.  I don't want to give anything else about the article away, but definitely check it out.

I've written about Chuck Berry before. Whenever I listen to The Great Twenty-Eight, I'm always blown away by how incredible it is. I listened to it again today while reading the article, and was still knocked out. You can't really seperate Chuck's music from its context anymore - but it isn't so awesome because of its history (although that certainly adds to it), it is awesome because it gives you the feeling of being young, in a convertible car, driving fast with life ahead of you. It is fun, good-hearted and yet badass at the same time.  I'll never get tired of it.

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