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Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry draws on dozens of interviews done by the author himself and voluminous public records to paint a complete picture of this complicated figure. Berry's own autobiography published in 1986 covers up as much as it reveals; and Berry himself has rarely been forthcoming in either documentary or print interviews. This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist. Berry has long been one of pop music's most enigmatic personalities. Growing up in a middle-class, black neighborhood in St. Louis, his first major hit song, Maybellene, was an adaptation of a white country song, wedded to a black-influenced beat. Thereafter came a string of brilliant songs celebrating teenage life in the 1950s, including School Day, Johnny B. Goode, and Sweet Little Sixteen.
  • ISBN13: 9780415937481
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Pubilcation Year: 2002
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00318
Publication DateOctober 18, 2002
Primary CategoryBiography & Autobiography/Composers & Musicians - General

Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry: An Unauthorized Biography

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