Last Updated: Oct 19, 2012
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- International Index to Music Periodicals
This database provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication.
- Rock's Back Pages
Rock’s Backpages is the largest database of rock journalism online, featuring 17,000+ articles on numerous artists. The archive draws on numerous publications from Creem and Trouser Press to Rolling Stone, and from New Musical Express and MelodyMaker to MOJO. It is fully searchable by artist, genre, writer or keyword (allowing search by album or single title, date, etc). Rock's Backpages also features a library of over 100 audio interviews.
Below are just a few of the books relating to Chuck Berry that are available for use in the Library Reading Room.
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man
Call Number: ML420.B47 P44 2002
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. This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist.
Call Number: ML420.B47 C655 2004
It’s no exaggeration to say that, with songs like Rock 'n’ Roll Music, Roll Over Beethoven, and Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry invented rock 'n’ roll. However, his career has been overshadowed, and often stalled, by tax evasion, liaisons with an underage prostitute, and jail sentences. John Collis interviews those who have worked with Berry and uncovers the truth about his life back in St. Louis.
Call Number: ML420.B47 A3 1987
This astonishingly candid autobiography is the amazing life story of Chuck Berry, the man who created rock 'n' roll - written with all the flash, bounce, soul and humour that made million-seller classics of 'Johnny B. Goode', 'Memphis, Tennessee', 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Reelin and Rockin', and the rest. As the first black rock 'n' roll star, Chuck Berry saw race relations change from back-door service and near-lynchings for just talking with white women to more open but still strained relations between blacks and whites. His powerful accounts of racism and acceptance make fascinating, englightening reading.
Spinning Blues into Gold
Call Number: ML3792.C447 C64 2000
"In the hands of a lesser talent, the entwining threads of musical history, racial politics, and cultural upheaval spanning seven decades could easily become a tangled parody of a James Michener novel. Fortunately, author Nadine Cohodas is more than equal to the task. Her way with Spinning Blues into Gold combines the intelligence and conciseness of a political reporter and the contagious enthusiasm of a dyed in the wool music fan."--Richard Henderson, Billboard Magazine
These are some sound recordings of Chuck Berry available at the Library and Archives.
These are some DVDs available for viewing at the Library and Archives.
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' roll
Call Number: DVD BERR HAIL 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry's 60th birthday party October 18, 1986 in his home town of St. Louis forms the nucleus of Taylor Hackford's lively musical documentary. In addition to Berry, we are treated to interviews with Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, and comparative youngsters Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, and Bruce Springsteen.
Call Number: DVD COLL TAMI 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Introduces the Swinging '60s to America with the first concert movie of the rock era, and captures such superstars as the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and many other Motown and British Invasion acts in their early prime. Includes commentary, radio spots, and booklet.
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In addition to the collections listed in more detail below, there are individual items of interest on Chuck Berry in the following:
- ARC-0029 Herb Staehr Collection
Contains slide images and video of live performances by Berry in Paris, Greenwich Village, and on the television show Midnight Special.
- ARC-0037 Jeff Gold Collection, 1938-2010, undated
Contains a poster, newspaper advertisement, artist file, and flyers related to Berry's career and live performances during the late 1960s to early 1970s.
- ARC-0156 Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection, 1967-1982, undated
Consists of handbills for live performances by Berry with the likes of the Grateful Dead, Bill Haley and the Comets, Bo Diddley, the Platters, the Coasters, Ray Price, and others in the San Francisco Bay area, during the 1950s and 1970s.
- ARC-0024 Michael Ochs Collection, 1948-1997, undated
Consists of an artist file for Berry from 1988 and an undated audiocassette recording of Eddie Cochran with Chuck Berry, Dr. Rock, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, nor a myriad others. More...