Chuck Berry

Why Do We Assume Good Musicians Are Good People? - Noisey

As someone who has written his fair share of terrible music criticism, I can say with authority that there is a <i>lot</i> of shitty music writing out there. But with all due respect to music writers' tendency toward canonizing works prematurely, writing that a producer made a beat from scratch when …

Music

Chuck Berry wasn't just a god onstage — he was one onscreen too

When Chuck Berry died on March 18, plenty was written about the rock ’n’ roll icon’s musical achievements.<p>But as profound an impact as Berry had on the music world — indeed, the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and pretty much every other rock musician credits him as an influence — it’s easy to overlook …

The Arts

Nothing is normal about the week in which I saw someone die

Attack unfolds beneath me as I wonder why Martin McGuinness is mourned and Chuck Berry’s conviction is overlooked<p>Monday<p>The deaths of Martin McGuinness and Chuck Berry have left me with troubling questions of legacy. While there is no doubt of the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland’s …

Martin McGuinness

'It’s like "ratchet" dancing today': Famed choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. on Chuck Berry's moves

Frank Gatson Jr. is Beyoncé’s creative director, and he danced in Michael Jackson’s video for “Smooth Criminal.” He knows what era-shaking stage moves look like.<p>But even he marvels at the wild, sexy and ingenious “duck walk” that helped make Chuck Berry a superstar.<p>“Any time anybody acts like a …

Music

Rock of ages: What will alien life-forms think of Chuck Berry?

“When they tell you your music will live forever, you can usually be pretty sure they’re exaggerating,” famed astronomer Carl Sagan wrote to even more famed rocker Chuck Berry on the latter’s 60th birthday in 1986. But in Berry’s case, Sagan continued, at least one song is likely to last “a billion …

Music

Recap: VAN 1, STL 4

Blues TV<p>Paajarvi scores two goals as Blues down Canucks, 4-1<p>Condensed Game: Canucks @ Blues<p>March 23 - Postgame Interviews<p>VAN@STL: Pietrangelo pads …

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'He Was Like a Gazelle'

<i>Just 10 days after playing the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, Steve Miller got the chance to back up his childhood hero Chuck Berry at the</i> …

Rock & Roll

Drifting heart: The reign of rock began with Chuck Berry

Drifting heartThe reign of rock began with Chuck Berry<p>Remembering a musical icon and storyteller<p>print-edition iconFrom the print edition | Books and …

Music

Plan your moves for Vintage Trouble’s live show with this 24 track bluesy playlist

If you’re a lady or gentleman who breathes the blues, you’ll know of <b>Vintage Trouble</b>.<p>The snazzy funk peddlers straight outta yesteryear know their way …

Music

Chuck Berry's Final Album: An In-Depth Preview

<i>The following is an excerpt from the liner notes to Chuck Berry's upcoming final album,</i> CHUCK<i>, out June 16th. Author Douglas Brinkley is a Professor</i> …

Rock & Roll

Listen to Chuck Berry track Big Boys from his final album

A stream of Chuck Berry track <i>Big Boys</i> has been released.<p>It’ll feature on the late rock’n’roll pioneer’s final album titled <i>Chuck</i>, which will launch on …

Music

Weekly Rewind: Chuck Berry’s legacy, Apple’s (RED) iPhone, Lexus’ new yacht

A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep …

Gear & Gadgets

Chuck Berry’s Estate Could Be Worth $50 Million — Thanks to the Legend’s Impressive Business Acumen

Chuck Berry, the late father of rock ‘n’ roll, was an “astute” business man who took all of his contracts into his own hands, his lawyer says. As a …

Music

Best of Late Night: Missing Out on Sex Scandals

<i>Welcome to Best of Late Night, a</i> <i>rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get</i> <i>paid to watch comedy.</i> <i>What do you think of it? What</i> <i>else</i> <i>are you interested in? Let us know:</i> <i>thearts@nytimes.com</i>.<p><b>How Could He Have Missed Bruce Loveless?</b><p>The signs of Trump-joke fatigue are all over late night these days. On …

Comedy

How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonian

I wasn’t nervous until we were about five minutes away from arriving at Chuck Berry’s home.<p>After landing in St. Louis on November 11, 2011, Mr. …

Music

BBC Radio 6 Music - Shaun Keaveny, Rhys Thomas joins Shaun, Sir Paul McCartney talks to 6 Music about collaborations, Chuck Berry, his new album and his own musical legacy.

McCartney’s final album of the ‘80s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ is regarded as one of his best of the decade. He teamed up with new musicians, new producers, a new song-writing partner in the form of Elvis Costello, it inspired his first world tour in ten years. Now, as the record is re-released …

Music

Chuck Berry 911 Call ... 'He's Barely Breathing'

EXCLUSIVE<p><b>Chuck Berry</b> was barely breathing when he was found unresponsive in his home Saturday and the 911 caller began immediate efforts to save his …

Chuck Berry, a Revolutionary Black Figure Who Never Hid His Rage

If you start off as a fearsome figure in pop culture, it’s almost ­axiomatic that at some point years under the lights softens you into a ­cuddly …

Music

Remembering Chuck Berry and His Extremely Complicated Legacy - Noisey

You know who Chuck Berry is. Even before his death at the age of 90 on March 18, you knew his name, knew his guitar playing, or felt his legacy. His hits were innumerable. Songs like "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode" are pillars bearing the weight of the genre he helped create. Let's repeat …

Music

An intro and four Chuck Berry blues solos video lesson with PDF & track.

Chuck Berry Style Blues Solos<p>Chuck Berry was a master of rockin' blues guitar. Have fun with these five lessons that will help you imitate his famous …

Guitar

Chuck Berry's final album coming in June

Four days after the death of Chuck Berry, fans can hear the rock and roll legend singing a brand new song.<p>Details have emerged surrounding Berry's …

We're Still Going to Get One Last Chuck Berry Album This Year and You Can Hear a New Song from It Now - Noisey

Rock innovator Chuck Berry died this past weekend, but the originally announced <i>CHUCK</i> will still be released this June as the legend's first posthumous record and his first album since 1979. The first song from the album is now out and it's a classic rave-up in Berry's signature style called "Big …

Music

Taylor Hackford Remembers Making a Movie With Chuck Berry

Director Taylor Hackford is a Hollywood fixture, having made his name with a string of first-rate entertainments — <i>Officer and a Gentleman</i> first among …

Rock & Roll

You Can Now Listen to Chuck Berry’s Rollicking New Single “Big Boys”

News of Chuck Berry’s death has led to plenty of memorializing, with remembrances of his profound influence on rock ‘n’ roll and the music world …

Music

Business-Savvy Chuck Berry Left Behind An Estimated $50 Million Estate

The history of rock’n’roll is littered with tales of pioneers who got scalped -- by their managers, their record labels and their accountants, among …

Music

Chuck Berry Lives In New Posthumous Single, 'Big Boys' (Audio)

Chuck Berry passed away this past weekend, though his music lives on.<p>The rock ‘n’ roll icon has a new album dropping June 16, but the first single …

Music

Chuck Berry and the Celebrity Death Pool

I had him on my short list. After Leonard Cohen left the building I did a quick mental survey of who was still standing from the generation right …

Music

Robbie Robertson Remembers 'Original Guitar God' Chuck Berry

<i>One of the most indelible moments in</i> Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll<i>, Taylor Hackford's 1986 documentary on Chuck Berry, finds Robbie Robertson leafing</i> …

Rock & Roll

I looked at my watch – it was way past six

Michael Gray’s magisterial obituary of Chuck Berry (20 March) mentioned that he had topped the charts in 1972 with the smutty My Ding-A-Ling – an atypical Chuck Berry song to say the least. This brought to mind the time I saw Berry at the Apollo, Glasgow in 1972. The audience was split vociferously …