Robert Christgau – “Chuck Berry: Eternal Rock and Roller” (1972)

December 22, 2010 at 7:01 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

Taken from Newsday, October 1972 about the man who, more or less, invented the artform we know as rock & roll…

Chuck Berry is the greatest of the rock and rollers. Elvis competes with Tom Jones. Little Richard cavorts after hours for Dick and Johnny, Fats Domino looks old, and Jerry Lee Lewis looks down his noble honker at die-hards who refuse to understand that Jerry Lee has chosen to become a great country singer. But for a fee – only two thousand dollars until recently – Chuck Berry will hop a plane and play some rock and roll. In this year of the boogie the man who used to be the ideal second attraction, drawing a core of raving fanatics like me and a broad base of casual admirers who dug to get off on a legend every once in a while, has come into his own. Everyone from the folkies to the heavy metal kids claims his songs for encores, and much better than that, Chuck Berry himself is back on top: The London Chuck Berry Sessions reached top ten in the wake of a number-one single, his first certified million-seller, “My Ding-a-Ling.” Read the rest of this entry »

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