Nothing ruins an artist’s legacy like surviving into old age, especially in the realm of popular music.
Their early innovations become overshadowed by later mediocrity, social and legal gaffes, and a return to obscurity. As a result, some of these artists, the ones who survived, are strangely forgotten. The occasion never arises to dissect their genius and trace their influence.
I always want to talk about Chuck Berry, though. I have a lot to say about him. And now that he’s gone, the moment is here. He was one of the finest American songwriters of the 20th century.Read More