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It’s hard to be a bard of the working class when you’re watching the working class slowly disappear before your eyes.
We also fear that the almost naively optimistic America that the likes of Breslin and Berry revealed to us once upon a time will be buried with them.
A few years after Berry celebrated baseball’s winners, Breslin — starting out in journalism as a sportswriter — covered its lovable losers, the 1962 New York Mets.
And in doing so they channeled the myth and the magic of the Great American Middle Class even as they were also creating it and then amplifying it as loud as the opening riff to “Johnny B.
There was only one thing we never thought about as all the newly famous rolled off our star-maker machinery.
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In 1955, Mr. Berry ventured to Chicago and asked one of his idols, the bluesman Muddy Waters, about making records.
Through the 1950s, Mr. Berry had pop hits with his songs about rock ’n’ roll and R&B hits with less teenage-oriented material.
Advertisement Continue reading the main storyBy the 1980s, Mr. Berry was recognized as a rock pioneer.
The Beach Boys reworked his “Sweet Little Sixteen” into “Surfin’ U.S.A.” (Mr. Berry sued them and won a songwriting credit.)
collected by :Victor Alphen