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What Have They Done To My Roots, Ma? Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley

Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 30 October 1971

WHEN JOHN LENNON ended a recent epistle to Mailbag with a line saying "LP Winner: I’d like Chuck Berry, please," he wasn’t joking. Modern rock music would not have taken the course it did had it not been for two men, Berry and his label-mate Bo Diddley.

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