Music Mentor Books
THE CHUCK BERRY
Paperback, 532 pages, 294 illustrations, 2008
For the heavyweight Berry fan. Everything you ever wanted to know about Chuck Berry, in four enormous volumes compiled by the world-renowned Norwegian Berry collector and authority, Morten Reff. Comprehensively annotated, with dozens of illustrations of rare record labels and sleeves, etc.
This volume (VOLUME 2) contains:
4 - Bootlegs
5 - Chuck Berry on the Radio (transcription discs, concept albums and radio spots)
6 - Rarest Berrys (your guide to the rarest Chuck Berry recordings)
7 - Chuck Berry in the Movies (movie appearances, movie soundtracks featuring Chuck Berry songs)
8 - Chuck Berry on TV (TV appearances, TV movies and series featuring Chuck Berry songs)
9 - Notable Video & DVD Releases (includes bootlegs and other rarities)
10 - International Tours (a huge listing of Chuck Berry's concert appearances outside the USA from 1956 to the present day)
11 - Songs (Chuck Berry songs in alphabetical order, strange Chuck Berry songs in BMI Files, Berry's Best)
12 - Achievements & Awards (UK hit singles and albums; UK hit singles and albums; Australian hit singles; Belgian hit singles; Canadian hit singles; French hit tunes; (West) German hit singles; Irish hit singles; Netherlands hit singles; New Zealand hit singles; Norwegian hit singles; Swedish hit singles; gold records; BMI songwriter awards; other awards and honours, postage stamps)
13 - Influence on Other Artists (Chuck Berry-derived stage names, song titles based on Chuck Berry lyrics, album titles based on Chuck Berry lyrics/records, songs with lyrics that mention Chuck Berry, songs with similar lyrics to Chuck Berry songs)
14 - Tributes (testimonials, tribute songs, tribute albums)
15 - Chuck Berry in Print (biographies, books with Berry content of special interest, newspapers and magazines, songbooks)
16 - Roots (songs that inspired Chuck Berry, songs covered by Chuck Berry, Berry and the Blues)
17 - Fan Clubs and Websites
18 - Johnnie Johnson (complete post-Berry sessionography/discography; solo releases; session work and guest appearances; Various Artists releases; videotapes, DVDs and movies)
19 - Eddy Clearwater (complete sessionography/discography; solo releases; session work and guest appearances; Various Artists releases; DVDs)
"Reff's illuminating critiques make for fascinating reading... The International Tours segment, at over 50 pages long, is mind-blowing... A monumental piece of work, this is a must-have for the Berry completist." (Now Dig This, January 2009)
"Reff's continued catalogue of Berry's vinyl, bootlegs, film and TV soundtrack appearances is punctuated with engaging anecdotes and honest reviewing. Mind-bogglingly comprehensive." (Record Collector, February 2009)
"As with the previous volume, it is illustrated throughout with masses of photos, labels and book, LP and CD covers, etc and the whole job is as jaw-dropping as the first, still keeping the interest going despite the presence of many pages of mere lists. Still to come later this year are the two remaining volumes... but in the meantime, anyone still dipping with fascinated gratitude into Volume 1 can quite safely put this one on their “must have” lists." (Blues & Rhythm, March 2009)
"You might imagine that only a Chuck Berry completist would have interest in a book of this nature, but you'd be wrong... Though I'm nowhere near a completist, I'm a fan and I did learn about a couple of things I want to add to my collection from the book. I also in particular enjoyed the sections on Chuck's own influences, including derivations for a number of Chuck's "original" songs ... It's also fair to credit Chuck as the most influential rock guitar player ever, I think, and there are quotes from a great number of other guitarists who feel the same... Check out Morten's monumental work!" (Blue Suede News, Spring 2009)
VOLUME 1 contains illustrated US, UK and International discographies.
VOLUME 3 contains a massive annotated listing of over 4,500 cover versions, including many rarities.
VOLUME 4 contains cover versions by title, hit cover versions, over 900 soundalikes, non-Berry songs with similar titles, cover versions in the movies and on TV, games, and even a brief chapter on Chuck Berry karaoke! Additions and Corrections to Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Index.
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