chuck berry

filho & pai…

April 9th 2017

FROM: KEITH RICHARDS

– To Put Chuck Berry into words! That is a task.

If I flip the coin and wonder how the fuck Chuck Berry reacted to me when he first heard my feeble efforts to spread his groove, my guess is a disdainful chuckle and then a gleam as he imagined the royalties roll in. Then a realization that his music was far more important than he had ever imagined. (He did thank me for that). And, let’s face it, Chuck had imagination. Just check the songs. All is revealed on “Monkey Business”, “Wee Wee hours”, “Jo Jo Gunne”, “You Can’t Catch me”, “Childhood Sweetheart”… let alone on “Johnny B. Goode”, “Little Queenie” or “Around & Around”. It goes on and on: “Let it Rock”, “Sweet Little Sixteen” or the heartbreaking “Memphis.”

You have to hear the original recordings to get the whole picture. Let us make no mistake about him. His inventiveness, natural exuberance, brought all of the variations of this vital music together, be it Rockabilly, country, R & B, Jazz or pop. His own roots went wide and deep, even back via Louis Jordan to the big bands. But we’re talking about a complicated and thoughtful man here. Listen to “No Money Down”, the incredible “Bye Bye Johnny” with its reversed riff. As a lyricist his imagination, the themes and subject matter took songwriting to a level yet to be matched. Who else could come up with “Too Much Monkey Business”. Throw in as well “No Money Down”, “Memphis, Tennessee” and “You Can’t Catch Me” … a song that John Lennon reworked with “Come Together”. And then there were the guys he worked with; Johnny Johnson, on piano, an icon of boogie and feel; Willie Dixon, the BASSMAN!; Freddie Below and Ebbie Harding on drums.

He was a very guarded and private man, essentially warm hearted, though he spent a lot of time disguising that fact which could give the opposite impression. Hard to know, moody, but when you got him at the right time, beautifully friendly. It’s hard to find the words to describe his contradictions: warm, infuriating, moody, disarmingly charming, angry . He once gave me a black eye for daring to touch his guitar. Quite Right!!! I called it Chuck’s greatest Hit.

At the moment I sense the same feeling I had at 15 years old when Buddy Holly died. A sickening thud to the guts and a feeling of losing a member of the family. For me the world went from black to white to glorious Technicolor when I first heard “Little Queenie”. There was no doubt in my mind: It was obvious what I had to do and I haven’t changed since. The effortless ease with which he laid down the rhythm makes a mockery of countless grimacing lip biting agonizing imitators.
I’m still working on it.

He brought joy to us; the feeling for a fifteen year old guitar player that there was more to life than seemed possible. With the exuberance, he brought a casual ease and a rhythm that makes bits of your body move you didn’t know you had. In essence, he was a revelation. I ain’t 15 no more but the joy remains.

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negativos & positivos (364) [chuck berry]…

nunca fui de fazer contato. quase sempre o meu olhômetro se encarregou de identificar o negativo a ser ampliado… o que é bom e ruim ao mesmo tempo. é bom porque volta e meia descubro imagens inéditas (a essência do negativos & positivos)… e é ruim porque como olhômetro é pra lá de falho, certamente, deixei boas fotos “esquecidas” ao longo dos anos. nesse fim de semana, cruzei com um inoxidável contato Dele…

chuck.tico

chuck berry  /  rainbow theatre (londres)  /  fevereiro1975

oh yoko (2)…

Assunto: Chuck Berry Vs. Yoko
“M.V.,

Parabéns pelo #135 e por todo trabalho dos bastidores pro Ronquinha chegar pra Tripa mas devo repilar vosso posicionamento sobre a importância de Yoko Ono pra música planetária. Fico ao lado Xogun nessa questão. E mais, recorro a Sir Chuck Berry para me proteger dessa chatanga voadora.
No vídeo acima, temos Chuck Berry + John Lennon + banda + Yoko em um programa de TV da década de 70 cantando um clássico de Chuck.
Mauval, me explica que porra que sua amiga yoko está fazendo nesse palco???? Olha a carinha de Chuck Berry desejando ser surdo de vez aos 1:21″ do vídeo. PQP, mauval!
Tudo bem que ela conseguia juntar uma banda Strogonófica mas aquele grito da maluca não é arte não, maaaan… Manda música, manda música!
Abraços!”
Arrudinha (Victoria)
yoko2

negativos & positivos (200) [DUZENTOS]…

reparou que nem escrevi, ali em cima, a visita de hoje aqui no negativos & positivos número DUZENTOS? UAU, que emoção! duzentas imagens clicadas pela xeretinha… a maioria absoluta jamais havia sido ampliada, copiada ou, sequer, vista por mim… ou seja, a maioria absoluta foi exibida pela primeiríssima vez aqui no N & P… casca grossa!

como a felicidade impera aqui no poleiro, por conta dessa marca strogonófica, nada melhor que mostrar um sorrisão cheio de veias saltitantes, né? ainda mais do caboclo que inventou toda essa bagaceira chamada rock’n’roll… isso mesmo, nossa majestade, o insuperável, a leNda…

chuck.tico

chuck berry  /  rainbow theatre (londres)  /  fevereiro1975

às 22h!

é isso aí!

vai rindo… mas ri à vera, bota os bofes pra fora… hahaha!

afinal, o jumboteKo vai chegar lotadinho de pepitas muuuuuito especiais.

sabe quem faz 8.5, hoje?

segura a peça num clique que fiz Dele no rainbow (londres/75)…

mamãe, que pressão!

o inventor do tal de rock’n’roll!!!

sim, claro, Ele já está “tirando um tranquilo”…  dentro do jumboteKo!

outras iguarias confirmadas:

– trilha de “grizzly man”, filme de werner herzog, composta por richard thompson

– “something else”, clássico disco do the kinks em “deluxe edition”

– the jayhawks, “hollywood town hall” com cinco faixas extra

– “the crazy world of arthur brown”

– karen dalton

– marcelo jeneci gravado no roNca

– “psychedelic pernambuco”, coletânea com o mais elevado da “cabeleira altíssima”, made in P.E

tá bacana?

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