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Chuck Berry Dead at 90

18 March 2017 3:55 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chuck Berry, not just a legend of rock 'n' roll -- but one of its inventors -- died Saturday outside St. Louis. St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency call and found Berry unresponsive. They performed CPR, but weren't able to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 Pm. Police have not released a cause of death. Berry's amazing string of hits -- "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Maybellene" and »

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Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock and Roll, Has Died at 90

18 March 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died, police confirm. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed on Facebook that they responded to a medical emergency on Saturday afternoon where they found an unresponsive man.

“St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18),” the police department said in a statement. “Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

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From His ‘Purple Rain’ Shirt to His Boots: Prince Items Go Up for Auction (Photos)

8 February 2017 1:44 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ahead of the Grammy’s tribute to Prince this weekend, some of the late musician’s wardrobe and memorabilia will go up for auction. Bidding for items belonging to musicians including Prince, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Elvis Presley and others begins Feb. 9 at Rr Auction. Black and White Striped Bolero Jacket Estimated price: $8,000+ Stage-worn Black Polka Dot Vest Estimated price: $8,000+ “Purple Rain” White Button-Down Shirt and Cufflinks Estimated price: $10,000+ “Under the Cherry Moon” Lace and Beaded Jacket Estimated price: $25,000+ “The Screams of Passion” Handwritten Lyrics Estimated price: $8,000+ Handwritten Brit Awards Acceptance Speech Estimated price: $2,500+ Autograph Letter Signed in Card Estimated »

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Eric Clapton feature documentary in the works

3 February 2017 12:18 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Lili Fini Zanuck partnering with Searching For Sugar Man producer John Battsek on the project.

A new feature-length Eric Clapton documentary called Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars is in the works, with footage set to be presented to buyers in Berlin.

Rush director Lili Fini Zanuck (who also won an Oscar for producing Driving Miss Daisy), Searching For Sugar Man producer John Battsek and BAFTA-winning Amy editor Chris King are collaborating on the film.

Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales with Altitude Film Distribution taking the film for UK distribution.

The filmmakers have been given access to performance clips, backstage footage, letters, and diary entries from the personal archive of Clapton (pictured above, credit: David Wedgbury).

The story will be told through Clapton’s own words and songs alongside interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and musical heroes including Bb King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’

23 January 2017 2:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry. The film is structured more or less as a series of individual portraits of 10 significant artists, ranging from Delta blues great Charley Patton to iconic electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix (who was part Cherokee) to living legend Robbie Robertson. A few episodes are less satisfying than others, but only because they spotlight intriguing yet obscure figures that audiences likely would want to learn about in greater detail.

The title comes from “Rumble,” the smash hit 1958 instrumental single by Link Wray (born in New Carolina to Shawnee parents) driven by innovative power chord riffs that would later influence Iggy Pop, »

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