RIP Chuck Berry

Changed the face of music…not many people can claim that. Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, David Bowie, The Beatles…(add to). I re-watched the scene in Back to the Future today where Marty Fly re-writes history by ‘giving’ Chuck Berry rock n roll. I used to love this scene but it now seems massively problematic as the white boy gives the black musician¬†his own music. Probably not intentioned but considering American, jazz and Hollywood history it seems insensitive at the very least. A culpable neglect of history. In this era of fake news it seems important to challenge these representations and our own perceptions of what’s culturally acceptable.

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