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Author: Bruce Pegg
ISBN: 0415937515
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Pages 320 pages
Publisher Routledge; 1 edition (March 3, 2005)
Language English
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Brown Eyed Handsome Man" is a rock and roll song written and recorded by Chuck Berry, originally released by Chess Records in September 1956 as the B-side of "Too Much Monkey Business. It was also included on Berry's 1957 debut album, After School Session. The song title was also used as the title of a biography of Berry. Brown Eyed Handsome Man" was written after Berry visited several African-American and Hispanic areas in California

Brown Eyed Handsome Man book. Bruce Pegg's unauthorized biography of Chuck Berry is interesting aside from wanting to know more about the cultural icon.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man book. Pegg is thorough and gives insight, again, into the great injustices against the black community in the 1950/60s. The approach to Chuck Berry's life is that of an obvious fan (like myself) but is even-handed and well-balanced. The book is almost a history of that period in American society - it could be read for that purpose alone.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and . Pegg reminds us that if Elvis led the youthquake of the 1950s, it was Berry who became its unlikely poet laureate.

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This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry draws on dozens of interviews done by the author himself and voluminous public records to paint . .This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist.

Bruce Pegg teaches in the writing program at Syracuse University. Pegg's scholarship is tidy, his writing is clear and straightforward. - The Los Angeles Times. We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption. Request an e-inspection copy.

About Brown Eyed Handsome Man

About Brown Eyed Handsome Man. Berry was traveling through a lot of black and latino areas, in his own words: I didn’t see too many blue eyes. The first verse of the song was inspired by an occasion when Berry saw a West Coast policeman trying to arrest a Hispanic man for loitering until a girl talked him out of the arrest. This song was ranked in Rolling Stones top 500. "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" Track Info. Written By Chuck Berry. Cover By. Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Paul McCartney.

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Author Bruce Pegg, who wrote a 2002 biography titled Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Times of Chuck Berry, described the musician as a complicated man. While Pegg said he believed the Mann Act conviction was racist in nature and the videotape scandal. While Pegg said he believed the Mann Act conviction was racist in nature and the videotape scandal began with a personal grudge, he also said Berry was no saint and someone who kept on giving everyone a 2-by-4 big enough to hit him with. Yet at the same time, those who knew him well told me about what a wonderful family man he was, Pegg added. He was a walking contradiction, that’s for sure.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry draws on dozens of interviews done by the author himself and voluminous public records to paint a complete picture of this complicated figure. This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist. Berry has long been one of pop music's most enigmatic personalities. Growing up in a middle-class, black neighborhood in St. Louis, his first major hit song, "Maybellene," was an adaptation of a white country song, wedded to a black-influenced beat. Thereafter came a string of brilliant songs celebrating teenage life in the '50s, including "School Day," "Johnny B. Goode," and "Sweet Little Sixteen." Berry's career rise was meteoric; but his fall came equally quickly, when his relations with an underage girl led to his conviction. It was not his first (nor his last) run in with the law. He scored his biggest hit in the early '70s with the comical (and some would say decidedly lightweight) song "My Ding-a-Ling." The following decades brought hundreds of nights of tours, with little attention from the recording industry. Bruce Pegg offers the definitive, though not always pretty, portrait of one of the greatest stars of rock and roll, a story that will appeal to all fans of American popular music.
Inabel
Bruce Pegg has written an excellent biography of one of the fathers of rock and roll. This was exceptionally hard to accomplish, because in many ways, Chuck Berry is not an easy man to like. He's lived a very hard life, and as a result, he's become a bitter man. Pegg was able to get through Berry's shell, and write about the genius inside of the man. Some of the reviewers complained about the lengthy trial notes. I would agree with Pegg that they are necessary in order to understand the blatant racism and discrimination against Berry. It was this treatment that helped harden Berry. At the same time, Pegg is quick to give credit to Berry's brilliance as a musical giant. This is an excellent book, and I'd quickly recommend it to any fan of rock. No, Berry is not an angel. And, this book does not try to portray him as one. However, he is not the devil that some have indicated him to be. Again, read the book. Musically, he is at the head of the class. He has just celebrated his 90th birthday, and his 68th wedding anniversary. Let's just congratulate him on these accomplishments in his very hard life while we continue to enjoy his brilliant music.
Dianaghma
I have been a huge fan of Chuck Berry since 1956 or so when I was a lad of 12. Loved him then. Love him now. He has always had some sort of remarkable, unique spark as a performer. I never read his autobiography, and I never saw the movie made at his 60th birthday, which is strange since I am such a monster fan. So this book was fascinating to me. Chuck is married and has been most of his adult life. He has three children. Who knew? Not me. I was aware of the Mann Act conviction, of course. And I had vague knowledge of the accusations of the videotaping in women's bathrooms. I was happy to read in this book that those latter were almost certainly false accusations, made in an attempt to shake Chuck down via the legal system.

I knew that he never traveled with entourages, that he traveled to most of his gigs through his career alone or nearly so. He is an odd bird, obviously. He had a real taste for the ladies, too, especially real young ladies, which got him in trouble on more than one occasion. I imagine his wife had the patience of the ages. My few complaints of this well-researched book is that it goes just a bit too deeply into the legal issues which tend to drone on at times to excess. Also, the Kindle version needs at least one more read-through by a good editor. Reign and rein are not the same. Houston socialite Candace Mossler with whom Berry had a, uh, very close friendship, is spelled Mossier more often than the correct Mossler. Plus, misspelled words pop up too often.

But I quibble. If you're a Chuck Berry fan, you'll really be interested in this book. It's not fluff. Very interesting and informative.
MrCat
What a read! I first sought this book out after reading elsewhere about Chuck Berry throwing Keith Richards off stage at a peformance where Keith was sitting in. This book was the cited reference for the incident. Intrigued, I sought out and bought this book. I knew very little about Chuck Berry, the man, previous to reading it. While his career was sadly similar to many old rock stars and especially the Black blues artists, the rise, the self destruction, the inevitable fall, the ever present cheats, the too frequent double crosses, and the tragedy of it all, it still was all original enough to hold my interest. The way that law enforcement went out of its way to destroy the man was disturbing. While Berry certainly didn't help his case at times with his desires for pretty young women, it's a very uneasy contrast with the way Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley got more of a pass for similar actions. Well written and an easy read, if you are interested in Chuck Berry, Rock History, or just good Rock and Roll stories, by all means, buy this book!

EDIT UPDATE: Either before or after reading this book watch the film Cadillac Records. While I can't say it's 100% factual I think it captures the way of life of the times. It shows the way things were done including everything I mentioned above that was in this book.
Milleynti
To be fair, I read the whole book, learned a lot about Chuck Berry and the musicians he worked with, and now see him as a complicated person. And it gives a fairly good chronological history of rock and roll and how it ties in with the civil rights movement. However, I felt that it went into a lot of details about his legal troubles. At one point I felt like I was reading a summary of the courtroom transcript. There is also virtually nothing about his musical education, or when he started playing music. However,there is some good information about Johnnie Johnson, the Chess Brothers, and the Keith Richards relationship. It's worth reading.
Enalonasa
A good book but essentially a summary of legal proceedings, critic reviews and promoter comments. Gave very little information on his family other than that they were born. Very little information on his family life and what his children are doing.. No information on the type of parent he is. I assume that the people closest to him did not talk to the author of this book.
Sorryyy
Great story on a great man...he is still under rated!
Foginn
Great Book. Very informative. A thorough body of research was completed in order to have this book published. I thought I knew all about Chuck Berry until I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Chuck's. The book is balanced and pulls no punches. No wonder the biography is unauthorized. It contains information that is both provoctive and endearing.
I found this an interesting bio of the great Chuck Berry, but it is overly focused on the trials rather than the tribulations. Page after page of court testimony made this book less enlightning on Chuck's complete life & times and more on his run ins with the laws of the times. These are legitimate items for a bio but more on his music and its inspirations and influences would have rounded out the book more. Important reading for a Chuck fan but left me with the need to read more to get the full picture.