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Quotes of the Day for 18 October 2004 – Rock and Roll

Charles Edward Berry was born at St Louis, Missouri on this day in 1926. Chuck Berry may not have invented rock and roll, or even recorded the first rock album, but his work was sufficiently formative that he was the first musician inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. His songs were played so widely that he normally toured with only his Gibson guitar, knowing that he could hire musicians who already knew his songs no matter where he went. (This wasn't a big sacrifice, the musicians that backed him on the road included Bruce Springsteen and Steve Miller.) Berry had over 30 top ten hits, but, surprisingly, only one ever topped the chart. His synthesis of Chicago blues and country combined with words of young love, girls, and cars changed music forever. If Larkin weren't sleeping I'd put some rock and roll on and crank it up, instead I'll pick out some quotes.

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The quotes:

Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world.
     - Peter York

The '60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great.
     - Abbie Hoffman, 1936 - 1989

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
     - Salman Rushdie

Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.
     - Keith Richards

My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.
     - John Lennon, 1940 - 1980

When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot.
     - Larry Lujack

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