Like It Is: Bob Dylan Explains What Really Killed Rock ’n’ Roll
Brent L. Smith
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“When I first heard Chuck Berry, I didn’t consider that he was black. I thought he was a hillbilly. Little did I know, he was a great poet, too.”

Coming from a rocker who has been called a great poet more than he’s been called a rocker, it was nice to hear Bob give Chuck some proper respect. I always thought Chuck Berry wrote great lyrics. Bob and I agree.

“’C’est La Vie’, say the old folks”

I’m disappointed in myself because I never gave much thought to what Hendrix would have done had he lived a long life.

Your elegant “guess” about his possible future is well reasoned and probably correct.

Problem: I now have a renewed despair over the loss of Jimi Hendrix.

Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.

I’m a 60 year old white guy and lover of black and white music. I spent the sixties turning the dial back and forth between WAMO and KQV, the black station and the white station respectively in Pittsburgh, PA. If payola never happened and “the city fathers” weren’t so uptight it could have all been on one station and I wouldn’t have wasted all that time.

Excellent work. Thank You.

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