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The Chuck Berry
For the heavyweight Berry fan. Everything you ever wanted to know about Chuck Berry, in four enormous volumes compiled by the world-
This volume contains:
"All told, 2,400 artists and groups are listed, spanning the last five and a half decades and taking in all styles of music... It's testament to the influence and appeal of Chuck Berry's music that so many folk would decide to cover his songs... I loved the quote from Ted Nugent that precedes his live version of 'Around And Around' from 1981: 'This is a Chuck Berry song -
"You can have fun paging through this, looking for your own versions of Chuck's songs, or those of various artists you personally know or have collected... There's a chart at the beginning listing the top 20 Chuck Berry songs covered by multiple other artists, and it shows 'Johnny B. Goode' at #1 with 648 cover versions. 'Memphis' is second with 433 cover versions. At the bottom of the list, 'I'm Talking About You' at #20 only has 87 cover versions... so far!" Blue Suede News
"The crusade by Morten Reff (indefatigable Norwegian collector, writer and Berry authority), to set in stone for posterity just about every known fact about Chuck Berry’s musical career, continues apace. A brief recap – in 2008, Volumes 1 and 2 of this epic took their starting point of reference as Fred Rothwell’s definitive 2001 chronicle of Berry’s recording sessions (Long Distance Information, from the same publisher) and exhaustively listed issues of those recordings in forty-
Later than originally intended, we now have the third opus, with the final one promised for this spring. Although the first two volumes could be bought as stand-
As to this new ‘Chapter 20’ itself, where do you start? Well, if you have no interest in lists, then probably not at all; but I think that most Berry fans will, like me, at least embark on a ‘Beat The Reff’ session (geddit?!), to see if a few they know and love have found their way in there. Despite, unsurprisingly, finding no obvious omissions, I still kept on dipping-
Presentation follows that of the preceding volumes, in the usual attractive Music Mentor format and including around 250 label and cover shots, itself an area of fascination for many. As was only to be expected, this and the final volume move us very firmly into completist territory and the price may be a little rich for mere lovers of lists, no matter how fascinating but, as always, that’s where personal views of essentialness come in.
Once Volume 4 is here, though, Reff’s avowed aim, of providing ‘the ultimate reference guide to all aspects of Chuck Berry’s career and legacy’ will be complete... apart from updating, which must have started even as the proofs were being read." Blues & Rhythm
Published: 30 September 2012
Extent: 608 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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