Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

“If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”Leonard Cohen

Chuck Berry, a founding member of rock & roll who enriched culture with such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday. He and Leonard Cohen were the first two recipients of PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in 2012. At that time, Leonard declared “If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”

More about Chuck Berry at Chuck Berry 1926-2017: “The only true king of rock’n’roll” by Julia Rampen (NewStatesman: 18 March 2017)

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