The Ides of March

Chuck Berry: Libra Sun w Pisces Moon

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Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.  Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.[1]

A pioneer of rock music, Berry was a significant influence on the development of both the music and the attitude associated with the rock music lifestyle. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics successfully aimed to appeal to the early teenage market by using graphic and humorous descriptions of teen dances, fast cars, high-school life, and consumer culture,[2] and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.[1] His records are a rich storehouse of the essential lyrical, showmanship and musical components of rock and roll; and, in addition to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, a large number of significant popular-music performers have recorded Berry’s songs.[2] Though not technically accomplished, his guitar style is distinctive – he incorporated electronic effects to mimic the sound of bottleneck blues guitarists, and drew on the influence of guitar players such as Charlie Christian, and T-Bone Walker,[2] to produce a clear and exciting sound that many later guitar musicians would acknowledge as a major influence in their own style.[51] In the film Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll! Eric Clapton states ‘If you wanna play rock and roll – or any upbeat number – and you wanted to take a guitar ride you would end up playing like Chuck…because there is very little other choice. There’s not a lot of other ways to play rock and roll other than the way Chuck plays it; he’s really laid the law down…” In 1992 Keith Richards told Best of Guitar Player “Chuck was my man. He was the one who made me say ‘I want to play guitar, Jesus Christ!’…Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do.” Berry’s showmanship has been influential on other rock guitar players, [57] particularly his one-legged hop routine,[58] and the “duck walk”,[59] which he first used as a child when he walked “stooping with full-bended knees, but with my back and head vertical” under a table to retrieve a ball and his family found it entertaining; he used it when “performing in New York for the first time and some journalist branded it the duck walk.”[60][61]

The rock critic Robert Christgau considers him “the greatest of the rock and rollers,”[62] while John Lennon said that “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.”[63] Ted Nugent said “If you don’t know every Chuck Berry lick, you can’t play rock guitar.”[64] Among the honors he has received, have been the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984,[65] the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000,[66] and being named seventh on Time Magazine‘s 2009 list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all-time.[67] On May 14, 2002, Chuck Berry was honored as one of the first BMI Icons at the 50th annual BMI Pop Awards. He was presented the award along with BMI affiliates Bo Diddley and Little Richard.[68]

Berry is included in several Rolling Stone “Greatest of All Time” lists. In September 2003, the magazine named him number 6 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.[69] This was followed in November of the same year by his compilation album The Great Twenty-Eight being ranked 21st in the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[70] The following year, in March 2004, Berry was ranked fifth out of “The Immortals – The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[6] In December 2004, six of his songs were included in the “Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“, namely “Johnny B. Goode” (# 7), “Maybellene” (# 18), “Roll Over Beethoven” (# 97), “Rock and Roll Music” (#128), “Sweet Little Sixteen” (# 272) and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” (# 374).[71] In June 2008, his song “Johnny B. Goode” ranked first place in the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”

Mr. Berry’s struggles with chemical addiction are well documented.

The combination of a Libra Sun sign and and a Pisces Moon sign produces a  very sensitive personality
with much breadth and scope. In their quiet, pensive way, they are always
watching, staring, observing, and mulling over in your mind what you have seen.  They
are extremely sensitive, and there is much more to you than ever really
meets the eye. Pisces is highly receptive and deep. They are quite timid for
social Libra, and most will mistake them as aloof or
distant. As suggested, the Libra influence pulls against this tendency because
it is the most sociable of signs. These contradictory pulls in their nature make them
very difficult for others to understand. Reserve and shyness seem your main
strengths. You are not a social hermit only because a core of strength within
you that urges you to become involved in life instead of sitting on the
sidelines. In group situations, unlike many Libra types, they don’t overwhelm
others with your polite charm and outgoing personality. Instead they express a
quiet, reserved manner that seems to take no effort on your part no matter how
much activity is going on around you. They seem to  have a genuine concern for others and
can convey this sypathy as well.  They are a superb listener. They are an idea people, visionries,
but not necessarily an idealist. They get along with moderate effort, relying on their
good sense. Perhaps a sixth sense helps you in many of your endeavors as they
can grasp abstractions and intricacies, both mentally and emotionally and effectively convey these emotional nuances and complexities.  They are good at guesses and always a good detective.

Many critics belive Johnny B Goode to be one of the Greatest Rock n Roll Songs of alltime:

Here is a clip of a live peformace of Chuck Berry on youtube playing Johnny B Goode Live:


Written by harenews

September 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

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