Chuck Berry: Systemic Racism, Sexual Depravity and the Invention of Rock ‘N’ Roll

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By Jake Brennan

Chuck Berry: Systemic Racism, Sexual Depravity and the Invention of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Tuesday, 24 November

Chuck Berry was imprisoned numerous times. He was a victim of violent systemic racism and accused of horrific acts of sexual depravity. He also invented rock ‘n’ roll. Chuck Berry was as complex a character as he was influential as a musician. Throughout his career he found himself in numerous dust ups with authorities; some of them justified, most of them not. And through it all, whether he cared or didn’t, Chuck Berry made great music—literally some of the greatest music ever made.

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