Saturday, June 30, 2012
CHUCK BERRY by Angus Young
When I was growing up, everyone used to rave about Clapton, saying he was a guitar genius and stuff like that. Well, even on a bad night, Chuck Berry is a lot better than Clapton will ever be.
Rock music has been around since the days when Chuck Berry put it all together. He combined the blues, country and rockabilly, and put his own poetry on top, and that became rock and roll. And it’s been hanging in there.
I looked it up. Young is a year older than me.
When I was a teenager and first enamored of people like Chuck Berry and B. B. King friends used to say Eric Clapton was better. In those days it made me gag. Since then-- well, it seems to me that Mr. Clapton has come into his own as a grownup. He plays well. (On the Chuck Berry side, his solo on Wee Wee Hours in the movie "Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!" is stupendous.) He has one great song, born of tragedy. He did some interesting twists on the blues with Cream. (He killed reggae.)
But he's no B. B. King.