Update: (okay, it took less than a couple of hours to get to this, but you knew I would). I have to include this wonderful retrospective by Peter Guralnick about his interview with Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino in New Orleans in 2011. (You think of trying to interview them as a group!).
I started doing this last year with a post on the impact of David Bowie. Far too many artists – musical artists (hey I’m a musician and music scholar – I have preferences and this is my blog) left us last year and the loss of Mr. Berry is yet another hit. While he was 90 at the time of his death this past Saturday, nonetheless it’s a shock to this girl from Detroit to lose a living piece of pop culture history.
My goal with this post is to honor his legacy. I’ll be adding recordings and articles to it over the coming weeks – please do feel free to respond and share items you’ve been particularly moved by.
A couple of posts to start off with:
- The New York Times obit has a nice brief video retrospective by Jon Pareles, as well as a slideshow touching on some iconic images across his career (this one’s not comprehensive)
- CNN’s coverage of his death
- The Washington Post’s obit has a much better slideshow (much more depth in this one), which I recommend taking a look at
- Not an obit, but suggested – the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s bio of Berry is up to date through about 2007 and has some nice live footage
- Want updates on the last album he recorded? It’s due for release this year, and you can sign up for updates on his website.
That’s enough reading. Let’s get on to some music. One recording from his prime, and one that’s just a master presenting his craft. These sort of tell the tale. I had to choose from all sorts of options to display all the folks who played with him, but – I want to honor him on his own today.
Live in Concert: 1972
The AVO sessions in 2007