Monday March 20, 2017

'He's one of the great American songwriters': Looking back at the legacy of Chuck Berry

Berry was known for being as colourful offstage as he was when he performed

Berry was known for being as colourful offstage as he was when he performed (Chuckberry.com)

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On Saturday, March 18, rock musician Chuck Berry died at the age of 90.

As music journalist and supervising producer of Netflix's The Get Down, Nelson George says: "He's one of the great American songwriters." 

George spoke with Tom Power today, to discuss the legacy of Berry — both his musical innovation and his troubled personal past.

"His legacy in music is indisputable," George states. "But do you co-mingle the person with the art? And that's always a complicated question but there's no question about how important he is."