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Chuck Berry, black it is black on Arte!

Elvis had a physical and a charisma that was hard not to succumb. But he did not write songs. Chuck Berry was a guitarist great, an original author and a performer, stunning, but he has not had the recognition of the first. Why? Because he was african-american. It is, in a few words, the thesis defended by this remarkable british documentary signed Jon Brewer, broadcast tonight on Arte at 22H35. A film that reveals a lot of information previously unknown about Chuck Berry.

The man did not have a good reputation: its reputation as a penny-pinching was the result of his habit of his companions only a few hours before his concert. It is clear through their testimonies that the guitarists Nils Lofgren and Steve Van Zandt, who became then the two lieutenants of Bruce Springsteen, do not keep a lasting memory of the day where they have played behind their master, even if it remains for many the inventor of rock'n'roll.


Chuck Berry has not been employed in cultivating his legend, it is true. He didn't care. An excerpt from the film Hail! Hail! Rock ' n ' roll shows to be scornful in regard to Keith Richards, who was venerated as a god. "It gave me more headaches than Mick Jagger," explains Stone, who had mounted a tribute concert in 1986. Only Eric Clapton and John Lennon, as we see, to share the stage with their eldest, seemed to have his favors. He said: "If rock'n'roll had another name, he would call it Chuck Berry."

His wife, his children and grandchildren paint a picture full of admiration for this guy who has suffered from trouble with the law all his life, and of which the wanderings of youth earned him a stay in prison. "Only because he was black", says his lawyer. QED.

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A giant.

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