” If You Tried to Give Rock and Roll Another Name, You Might Call It ‘Chuck Berry’.-John Lennon
Happy 87th birthday to Mr. Chuck Berry!!!! I remember seeing Chuck Berry many times in my youth…he was sooooo great on stage!!! Stevie Wonder stated, “There’s only one king of rock and roll. His name is Chuck Berry.” Yesterday I watched Tavis Smiley’s wonderful interview with Robbie Robertson (The Band) who just wrote a book with his son Sebastian, titled: Legends, Icons and Rebels: Music That Changed the World,” which features Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Little Richard and others. The book evolved from Sebastian telling his dad that while he grew up surrounded by great music, many of his friends didn’t know of these important and groundbreaking artists…voila…a book to teach young people about 27 musical artists. I just ordered the book and I’m going to mail it to my son’s girlfriend in India to use with her 5th grade class (after I read it, of course!). If I was still teaching, I’d be using this book as well. The illustrations are beautiful. It’s hot off the presses, folks…if you’re a teacher, parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent and you know a child in upper elementary and middle school, or you’d like to donate to a school library, this is a great selection.