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You Can't Catch Me: Chuck Berry's Final Years

David Burke, Vintage Rock, 2017

THE ARTIST IS immortalised in death as seldom in life. At least that's mostly the way of things. But not when it came to Chuck Berry. For prior to his passing on 18 March, at the grand old age of 90, the father of rock'n'roll's influence on a genre and those generations of its disciples who came in his thrall, had been fittingly – and regularly - acknowledged by critics and contemporaries, and by a music industry in whose success he played no small part.

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