We lost a legend yesterday. Chuck Berry was the founding father and standard for Rock and Roll. The loss of Berry is a reminder of the roots of Rock and Roll and how black it was. As explained in North Ameican Popular Music, "the main cultural force in the evolution of rock was African American music, and rock's development replicated a pattern of cultural appropriation of black musical styles in American popular music that had begun one hundred year earlier with minstrelsy." When you think of Rock and Roll you can't forget artists like Chubby Checker, The Marvlettes, The Crystals, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
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