There are at least two great mysteries about Chuck Berry. The first is why the father of rock ‘n’ roll became so cavalier and dismissive about his work once he achieved popularity. The second is how someone so deeply scarred as Berry could continue, at least for a period in the ’60s, to create music infused with so much joy, feeling, whimsy, and bristling intelligence.
Michael MacCambridge’s latest book, Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work, was published in 2016. His earlier work, the award-winning America’s Game: How Pro Football Captured a Nation, was named one of the most distinguished works of nonfiction by the Washington Post in 2004. His other books include a history of Sports Illustrated magazine and a biography of Lamar Hunt. From 1988-1995, MacCambridge wrote about music, movies and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. In addition to his books, MacCambridge’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and GQ. From 1997-2015, he was an adjunct instructor at Washington University in St. Louis.