I’ve got two or three other posts I’m working on right now, one of them a much more personal remembrance, but this news today has to come first. Dammit.
The passing of Chuck Berry at age 90 isn’t really a surprise; his health had been slowly failing for years. But it is sad to see one of the original Rock & Roll greats leave us. Even though I now concede Elvis Presley’s undeniable talent and status as the King, for many years I argued that Berry was the true King of Rock & Roll. He did so much to create and shape the sound so many of us love so much. He made some of the greatest music I’ve ever heard, and I never get tired of hearing it. His guitar style was iconic. His performances were magnetic and charismatic. Yeah, he was kind of a jerk as a human being (and more than a little problematic for this feminist), but he was a legend. The world is a slightly poorer place without him.