Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90

NY Times

I had a sheltered childhood – not too far from St.Louis, in miles – but another world entirely, in terms of popular music.

We had black people, in Ft.Madison, Iowa – but they were respectable people – even more respectable than the whites.

Chuck Berry was not respectable – but was a hero for many teenagers, black and white. Something the Rural MidWest, that I was from, could not comprehend.

This Rural Midwest, as I have labeled it, contained cities such as Kansas City and Cleveland.

But not Chicago and St.Louis. They were out of bounds for us.

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