Chuck Berry

The Roxy Turns 50: Neil Young Scheduled To Play This Fall At The Historic Venue

By Alyson Camus | July 19, 2023

a series of Roxy50 honors and events scheduled for this fall.

“Chuck Berry: An American Life,” by RJ Smith  Reviewed

By Steve Crawford | January 1, 2023

“Either he was a very complicated man, or there was no THERE there. I’m still really not sure which.”  

My Top 500 of the 20th Century

By Steve Crawford | September 17, 2021

a form of personal jesus

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 80 to 71

By Steve Crawford | June 27, 2021

viewing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and seeing Michelangelo’s autograph on the sole of God’s foot

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 910 to 901

By Steve Crawford | January 13, 2021


Paul McCartney: Ask Me Anything

By Alyson Camus | December 23, 2020

‘It was a perfect way to spend lockdown. It made me do Rockdown!’

Who Would Be Canceled Today?

By Alyson Camus | August 14, 2020

Can I safely say all of them?

People’s Perception Of Art And Artists Is Evolving For The Worse

By Alyson Camus | July 7, 2020

It’s all about staying in a safe place, on a safe subject

The 500 Greatest Songs Of The1950s Complete List

By Steve Crawford | April 29, 2020

Chuck agrees with Steve

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s: 10 – 2

By Steve Crawford | April 25, 2020

the Horatio Alger story of rock & roll

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s: 110 – 101

By Steve Crawford | March 21, 2020

rip the keys

Music Deaths 2017 Alphabetized and Graded

By Iman Lababedi | January 5, 2020

Chuck Berry, Walter Becker, as well as two rock and roll suicides

The 500 Greatest Songs of the 1950s – The Intro

By Steve Crawford | November 2, 2019

The Big Bang

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 180 to 171

By Steve Crawford | July 13, 2018

on deeper inspection, the lyrics are about the 1961 Freedom Riders

1,000 Greatest Songs of the 1960s – 810 to 801

By Steve Crawford | January 30, 2018

“Those wailing horns, lushly expanding and contracting, would be the basis for many a Motown song”

The Best Singles Of 2017

By Iman Lababedi | January 1, 2018

heralds what might be a major move by Latin American pop into the USA

The Best Singles Of 2017

By Iman Lababedi | December 19, 2017

heralds what might be a major move by Latin American pop into the USA

Best Of 2017: Singles Through November 2017

By Iman Lababedi | November 30, 2017

This is Luis Fonsi’s year on the singles charts

Best Of 2017: Singles Through October

By Iman Lababedi | October 31, 2017

it stands it is his best song since, I dunno, “Tulane”?

Best of Chuck Berry, Part III – The Top Ten

By Steve Crawford | September 13, 2017

Go, Johnny, go.

Best of Chuck Berry, Part II

By Steve Crawford | September 11, 2017

“He whupped my butt. He said he was king of rock ‘n’ roll. I said I was.”

Best of Chuck Berry, Part I

By Steve Crawford | September 10, 2017

“Chuck” was dedicated to his wife Themetta “Toddy” Berry

These Days: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | June 6, 2017

a 34 minute sprint

Best Of 2017: Singles Through March

By Iman Lababedi | April 1, 2017

his best song since, I dunno, “Tulane”?

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 3-24-17 – 3-30-17

By Iman Lababedi | March 29, 2017

since he was an itty bitty boy

Chuck Berry Reviews A Few Punk/New Wave Anthems

By Alyson Camus | March 19, 2017

‘I’ve heard this stuff plenty of times’

These Days: Sunday, March 19th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2017

The text

These Days: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | January 19, 2016

A cesspool of artist screwing cesspoolness

Oldies But Goldies: Chuck Berry On New Year’s Eve, 2010

By Iman Lababedi | December 27, 2015

Climb into my machine so we can cruise on out

Finnish Fans Can Now Get A Refund When Not Satisfied By A Concert?

By Alyson Camus | July 7, 2015

‘Anyone seeking a ruling like this is always spurred by a subjective opinion, but that’s not enough to get a refund. What is significant is a generally agreed view that the concert was a failure, as it was in the Chuck Berry case.’

Chuck Berry’s 16 CD Everything He Ever Recorded In One Place!

By Iman Lababedi | January 14, 2015

If rock and roll had another name blah blah bloody blah blah, either you are losing your mind over this or you don’t know enough about rock and roll. No way, man, this is heaven. Wanna know what to buy me? Buy me this and then leave me alone for a mo

10 Songs, Saturday, May 24th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | May 24, 2014

Tulane – Chuck Berry – Debatably the greatest flying car song of them all, this story of a drug buy gone South is so good both Springsteen and Lennon woulda have killed to write it – A+

Hear Ye: what rock nyc is listening to 12-10-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 10, 2013

Oh, she’s nine years old, that why Rod Stewart upped her to nineteen, though it does beg the question why did Berry make her a child instead of a teenager. The answer would probably be target demo but that makes no sense either! Maybe it is more like a significant portion of the audience but we don’t remember it that way – A+

Trixie Smith And Chuck Berry: Reelin' And Rockin'

By Iman Lababedi | November 24, 2013

When you compare “Sweet Little Sixteen” with “Surfing USA”, you don’t hear the metamorphoses you do with Berry and Smith. Berry took an idea and changed it 30 years later whereas there wasn’t a decade between the Beach Boys and Berry.

The 159 Greatest Songs of the 1950s

By Steve Crawford | November 17, 2013

Reflecting the diversity of the era, there are entries by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, and Hank Williams. Elvis Presley deservedly owned the era commercially and artistically, but one Charles Edward Anderson Berry could play a guitar just like a ringing the bell.

Billy Joel For New Year's Eve!!!

By Iman Lababedi | November 6, 2013

The last time I saw Billy was at the 12-12-12 gig, and the time before that the closing of Shea Stadium. He was terrific in one and not terrible in another but absolutely the perfect way to take out (or bring in) 2013 – 2014.