Prologue, Grand Avenue, 1 The Ville, 2 'De Sun Do Move', 3 Maybellene, 4 Breaking White, 5 Deliver me From Days of Old, 6 Windermere Place, 7 Club Bandstand, 8 The Mask, 9 St. Louis' Blues, 10 'Never Saw a Man So Changed', 11 Mercury Falling, 12 Back Home, 13 The Whole World Knows the Music, Nobody Knows the Man, 14 Wentzville and St. Charles, 15 Johnson v Berry, 16 Bleuberry Hill, Discography
Bruce Pegg teaches in the writing program at Syracuse University. He has received numerous grants to research the life of Chuck Berry, and has spent several extended periods in St. Louis conducting interviews and doing archival research. He lives in Canastota, NY.
"Pegg reminds us that if Elvis led the youthquake of the 1950s, it
was Berry who became its unlikely poet laureate."
-"Shepherd Express, January 9, 2003
"A measured, carefully constructed tome built upon meticulous research, yet it avoids the sort of dense, impenetrable style of so many scholastic rock bios."
-St. Louis Riverfront Times
"The staggering amount of research Pegg has done into Berry's southern roots and St. Louis makes its own statement about Berry's stature as an artist, while the analysis of individual songs...places Berry in a historical continuum while still conveying his out-of-the-blue uniqueness."
"Pegg's scholarship is tidy, his writing is clear and straightforward."
-The Los Angeles Times