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Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Three exclamation marks in the title ought to give you a clue as to how good this biography of Chuck Berry is; and it is good! Berry comes out of as a bit of a tosser obsessed by money (he’s always explaining how much he’s going to sell things for or something) but it hardly matters once he gets going on stage. Keith Richards plays a big part in this and manages to look incredibly uptight and responsible next to Berry, always giving him rows and that. We wonder; did Berryland ever open, then?

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  1. Johnny B. Goode

    August 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Two best things in this other than the music: when Chuck introduces Julian Lennon onstage he yells: “Ladies and Gentlemen! John – uh, Julian Lennon!”, and when Chuck shows off his painting and decorating equipment during a tour of his mansion, explaining that if the work in the music business dries up, he plans to go back to papering walls and painting ceilings.

  2. Lee James Turnock

    May 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm


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