Charles “Chuckles” Berry, 1926–2017

https://youtu.be/L-Ds-FXGGQg To paraphrase Mark Ellen (who was talking about Van Morrison), I would guess there are two kinds of people when it comes to Chuck Berry: those who like his music; and those who have met him. As a black artist whose work had been appropriated, stolen, lifted, plagiarised etc. several times by white artists, Chuck … Continue reading Charles “Chuckles” Berry, 1926–2017

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (book)

Elodie got this for Christmas, but she also got Johnny Marr’s book, so I nabbed this to read quickly. I confess, I’d been looking forward to Elodie receiving it. Springsteen writes very well – you can hear his voice behind the long sentences, full of detail, full of lists and parataxis. And the story he … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (book)

Joy

One of the undoubted benefits of the YouTube era has been the surprising availability of almost miraculous cultural artefacts. For example, I still can't quite get my head around the fact that you can find a concert film of the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964. Back in 1977, when the 1964 and 1965 … Continue reading Joy