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Book Title: Chuck Berry: The Autobiography|
The author of the book: Chuck Berry
Date of issue: June 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780571207541
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 546 KB
Edition: Faber & Faber
Read full description of the books Chuck Berry: The Autobiography:Being a guitar player, it's naturally fitting that I would be a big fan of Chuck Berry. The man's playing is still inspiring today, almost sixty years after these songs were first recorded. While it's true that Chuck could have toned down the coverage of certain things, I also feel that their inclusion gives us a look into how the man got to be who he was at the time he wrote this book.
At no point in this book does Chuck make any excuses for his behavior, he just tells you exactly what happened, how it happened, and his motivations for doing these things. I personally feel that you will only understand what he was really saying after a few repeat readings over the years. But until you can read this book for what it is, you won't really understand how unique of an inside glimpse Chuck gives you into himself. Before you judge the man, walk a mile in his shoes.
You also have to think of this book as damage control, because when it was being written, the tabloids were just starting to hit their first big stride of popularity. I think Chuck included so much of his sex life in one place (this book) rather than have a potentially unending stream of these stories come out in the tabloids week after week. Let's not forget that he has a wife and children to consider, too, and while he should have behaved better, only a monk or a butt pirate would have been able to resist most of the girls he was misbehaving with, because they weren't groupies. They were wholesome, respectable girls from decent backgrounds, and after so many temptations, you are going to give in. How many times can somebody offer you a piece of chocolate before you finally give in and eat one?
The only parts I didn't really care for were his forays into poetry, but then outside of song lyrics, I admittedly don't care for poetry anyway. Luckily, he does this less than a handful of times, so it's easily forgivable, and not really that much of an annoyance. Other than that, this book is full of interesting information about one of the best musicians to ever do it!
Read information about the authorCharles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.
Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance." Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "greatest of all time" lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry's: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", and "Rock and Roll Music". Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.
Check Berry was 90 years old at the time of his death.
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