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(CNN)   The dark side of Chuck Berry. Currently Chuck is searching the country for his Illegitimate children to tell them he is their father   ( ) divider line
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2006-06-22 04:45:23 PM  
"You can smell my fart..."

Chuck's a bit of a dirtbag.
2006-06-22 04:46:30 PM  
"It's your cousin Marvin...Marvin BERRY."

/Still one of my favorite scenes in that move
2006-06-22 04:47:00 PM  
No mention of his love of administering the Hot Carl...
2006-06-22 04:48:06 PM  
Haters want to hate
Lovers want to love
I dont want to do
None of the above-
I want to piss on you
2006-06-22 04:49:37 PM  
Chuck Berry is watching you poop.

that made me chuckle...

2006-06-22 04:50:12 PM  
The video camera thing in his restaurant, bad news.

However, the women who participate with him in the urination videos and who have his kid (some women will get preg by celebrities on purpose! Imagine that!) are all adults.
2006-06-22 04:50:45 PM  
Y'know, if Chuck Berry were a gun-nut, Ted Nugent would be "the white Chuck Berry".
2006-06-22 04:52:40 PM  
Chuck is reported to have knocked over about 5,000 groupies in his time. He takes a Polaroid of every one, for evidence in case one screams rape.

I have never heard of him being involved with children, and it seems unlikely he could go this long without being found out. Most child molesters start early and do it often.

Chuck is a scroungy, dirty SOB but we already knew that.
2006-06-22 04:52:47 PM  
Anybody else hear Chuck Barris when they first read the headline?
2006-06-22 04:52:55 PM  
How do you know who submitted the headline? I know of the "submitted with a better headline" thing, but don't know any way to tell who submitted a given one.

/dumb question?
2006-06-22 04:53:21 PM  
Won't somebody think about the children?

///extra 3-day weekend slashies///
2006-06-22 04:54:00 PM  
Actually, blueharleysdad, Chuck Berry is an asshole, whether he's dealing with movie producers, record execs, audiences or the women insane enough to have sex with him. That seems simply to be his nature. He became especially bitter when Keith Richards and others got filthy rich by ripping him off.

From a musical standpoint, the guy is definitely a rock hero. No doubt.
2006-06-22 04:56:06 PM  
Wikipedia sez that the Mann Act violation that landed him in the clink was hiring a 14 y/o Mexican girl to work in his restaurant. It isn't terribly much of a stretch to assume he had sex with said girl.

BTW, please put "consenting" before adults in my previous post.
2006-06-22 04:57:19 PM  
Wow that dude is a walking breathing stereotype ...
2006-06-22 04:57:19 PM  
xharfire: How do you know who submitted the headline? I know of the "submitted with a better headline" thing, but don't know any way to tell who submitted a given one.

1.) I don't think most people are interested enough in seeing who submitted an article
2.) It can happen that a submitter wishes to remain anonymous, especially on delicate topics
2006-06-22 04:57:39 PM  
I saw Chuck Berry play once. It was annoying. One of those pick-up bands as described in the article. Totally rough. The piano was too loud and he did a half-hour set where it was obvious he didn't give much of a damn.
2006-06-22 05:02:28 PM  
hey guess what, i farked your mum
2006-06-22 05:03:23 PM  
Man this would make a great reality TV show. Someone should get on that.
2006-06-22 05:03:25 PM  
Fluid: 1.) I don't think most people are interested enough in seeing who submitted an article
2.) It can happen that a submitter wishes to remain anonymous, especially on delicate topics

Did the submitter used to get credit at the top of the threads on Fark, four or five years ago, or is my aging mind playing tricks on me?
2006-06-22 05:05:20 PM  
okay, pixistick

lemme see if I get this straight. I defend the guy for trying to earn a buck....and you naturally conclude that doing so equates to an enjoyment of peeing on girls.

Moreover, you conclude that my defense of him equates to siding WITH him.

//logic cocks the hammer
2006-06-22 05:05:31 PM  
Hail Hail Rock and Roll! is a KILLER movie. The band (Steve Jordan drums, Joey Spampinato bass, Robert Johnston guitar, Keef guitar, Johnnie Johnson piano) were put together by Keef to be a powerhouse rock 'n' roll band, and they delivered, big time. The shows themselves are great, with Keef constantly telling Chuck to not change key, time, or words, and just play the songs straight. The real entertainment value comes in the rehersal footage and the bickering back and forth on how the tunes are to be arranged. The classic scene where Berry berates Richards about the riff in "Carol" shows both men trying not to punch the other on camera. Berry's just being a dick, because Keef can of course play the damned thing in his sleep, and has been for 25 years. The tension, and the look of "aww shiat, here we go again" on the other players is priceless. Also, Chuck does a moving "Amazing Grace" on the pedal steel over the credits. If you like music, go get this DVD.
2006-06-22 05:06:07 PM  
Chuck Berry and B.B. King are responsible for one third of the young mulatto population in the United States. Tis true.
2006-06-22 05:06:27 PM  
From a musical standpoint, Chuck Berry is greatly overrated.

Ever notice that every song sounds the same?

Right place, right time - that's what made Chuck Berry famous.

Listen to T-Bone Walker and tell me Chuck Berry knew a damn thing about playing guitar.

2006-06-22 05:08:17 PM  
delicreep: He became especially bitter when Keith Richards and others got filthy rich by ripping him off.

I think it was more when the feds arrested him on the Mann act charges. He was phoneing it in by the mid 60's.
2006-06-22 05:08:37 PM  
What's worse is how he intends to break the news:

"My Ding-A-Ling My Ding-A-Ling... I farked yo mama with My Ding-A-Ling!"
2006-06-22 05:09:32 PM  
I didn't say he wasn't an ass....I just said that the article tried to make it sound like a bad thing for him insisting on his money up front. I equate that to some producer getting filthy rich waiting for all the artists to sue him for their royalties...then paying them pennies on the dollar to settle.

He's a pervert. He's rude. But...insisting on getting paid in cash in brown paper sacks if that's the way he wants it....doesn't make him a dick. It makes him smart...even if he's a pr*ck.
2006-06-22 05:09:46 PM  
Chuck sounds like a real classy guy.

Why is it that people who are often very talented (which is debatable in this case) behave like total asshats in their everyday life?
2006-06-22 05:10:27 PM  
what the hell is wrong with the html generator? It keeps making all most posts bold even though I break the bold tag.
2006-06-22 05:14:36 PM  
the music industry is a nasty, horrible thing. I'm sure he demanded money and treated people like shiat because he was expecting much of the same from the people who wanted to use his talent in this project
2006-06-22 05:14:39 PM  
Unavailable for comment...
2006-06-22 05:15:32 PM  

If you go to the top of the page and select the "disable HTML" option and hit refresh it will show you the thread with the actual html tags showing (so you can see what you actually put in)
2006-06-22 05:17:46 PM  


I think the alligator is biting the wrong way.
2006-06-22 05:19:53 PM  
Without a DNA test you'd be hard pressed to determine the bastard child of Chuck Berry vs. Jim Tilmon (Chicago weatherman/airline disaster guru):
2006-06-22 05:20:21 PM  
I saw him play a state fair in Sedalia, MO. I was a huge fan at the time. The opening band was hardly memorable, but the drummer in his pick-up band kept ignoring his direction. Berry finally had enough of it, berated the drummer in front of everyone, and asked the drummer from the opening band to take over. It was great, though. I mean, he looked like kind of an ass, but it struck a chord with me (no pun intended) and I thought it was cool.

BTW, that is a good movie, but it's kind of sad, too.
2006-06-22 05:22:38 PM  
since I'm friends with his legitimate son, I feel bad that he has such a public prick for a dad.
2006-06-22 05:27:20 PM  
I think Dave Bartholomew actually put out My-ding-a-ling 20 years before Chuck.
2006-06-22 05:36:52 PM  

I didn't say he wasn't an ass....I just said that the article tried to make it sound like a bad thing for him insisting on his money up front. I equate that to some producer getting filthy rich waiting for all the artists to sue him for their royalties...then paying them pennies on the dollar to settle.

He agreed to do the movie and then basically pulled extortion on the producers. Believe me, NO ONE got rich on this movie either, except maybe Chuck.

His asking for cash before shows is quite another matter, and one in principle isn't all that disagreeable. It would be better of him, however, if he didn't phone it in once he had his pre-show bag o' cash, something already alluded to in this thread was his m.o. more often than not.
2006-06-22 05:41:10 PM  
My dad played drums for Chuck Berry when he did a show in Boston years and years ago. He said that Chuck showed up late. And when he arrived, he wouldn't play unitl he was handed his cash. When the promoter handed over the money, he sat down and counted every single bill (despite being late) while the crowd waited. When he determined the money was all there, he put the bills in his guitar case and went on stage.

My dad said he didn't think he was being a dick--Chuck probably had been farked over so many times from shady promoters, record companies etc. (as many stars of his era have) That was just how he operated to make sure he got paid.
2006-06-22 05:54:55 PM
2006-06-22 05:58:26 PM  
School Day

Up in the mornin' and out to school
The teacher is teachin' the Golden Rule
American history and practical math
You studyin' hard and hopin' to pass
Workin' your fingers right down to the bone
And the guy behind you won't leave you alone

Ring, ring goes the bell
The cook in the lunch room's ready to sell
You're lucky if you can find a seat
You're fortunate if you have time to eat
Back in the classroom, open your books
Keep up the teacher don't know how mean she looks

Soon as three o'clock rolls around
You finally lay your burden down
Close up your books, get out of your seat
Down the halls and into the street
Up to the corner and 'round the bend
Right to the juke joint, you go in

Drop the coin right into the slot
You're gotta hear somethin' that's really hot
With the one you love, you're makin' romance
All day long you been wantin' to dance,
Feeling the music from head to toe
Round and round and round we go

Hail, hail rock and roll
Deliver me from the days of old
Long live rock and roll
The beat of the drums, loud and bold
Rock, rock, rock and roll
The feelin' is there, body and soul.
2006-06-22 05:58:46 PM  
Photo of one of the encounters:
2006-06-22 05:59:23 PM  
I grew up in Wentzville, MO -- the town where his Southern Aire restaraunt has sat rotting for 20+ years, and where his estate is. He refuses to sell the property of the restaraunt, refuses to tear it down, and refuses to rent it or renovate it or anything. His way of sticking it to the town over ruining his little filming operation, I suppose.

We used to drive by his estate in our teenage years to see if we could overhear any rockstar partying, but it was pretty quiet 90% of the time.

My uncle used to party at his place (not exactly with Chuck), and said some crazy stuff would happen there, and that basically the cops couldn't do anything at the time because the bikers outnumbered and outgunned them.

I saw him play with the Grateful Dead in Eugene, OR, like '94 or so... and was not overly impressed. I like many of his recorded works, and I'm sure in his heyday he must have been a good show to see.
2006-06-22 06:02:35 PM  
Chuck needs to relax, maybe go play with his ding-a-ling for a bit
2006-06-22 06:04:27 PM

Should be SFW. That stuff never fails to get a laugh out of me.

/no HTML skillz
2006-06-22 06:14:42 PM
2006-06-22 06:19:56 PM  
John Lennon and Chuck Berry destroy "Memphis" whilst Yoko caterwauls:
2006-06-22 06:24:19 PM  
I've read the reason Chuck's a dick with his money is because he used to get screwed over by the crackas when he was becoming popular with white audiences. So he'd get pretty cranky about being paid, and that's how he survived.

That said, he's steel a dick. Poor Keef.

/I never thought I'd say that.
//poor widdwe Keefy-Weefy, is you sad? Is you saaaaaad?
2006-06-22 06:39:17 PM  
I had the honor of meeting Chuck while shopping in St. Louis county. He seemed glad to take time to talk to me and my dad and couldn't have been any nicer. He still gigs once a month in Univeristy City, Mo., every show is sold out.

My friends parents see him at the casino fairly often and are on a first name basis with him. They too describe him as very nice.

Anyone who knows the history of payment of black artists in the music business would easily understand why Chuck would be overly cautious/sensitive.

Also, if you understand the history of race relations in this country, you would know that the Chuck Berry and his peers, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, etc. helped bring about the civil rights movement, arguably as much as Dr. King. When white kids grow up listing to/admiring black entertainers and their work, they usually do not then think of themselves as superior and desire segregation.

P.S. It might not be a good idea to look to rock stars as role models. Rock and Roll - the name itself meant sex in the back of a car - has always been partly about questioning authority and norms.
2006-06-22 06:40:16 PM  
aside from eating shiat, taping women in the bathroom, using cheap pick up bands in each town, and being a dick, here are some other endearing traits;

tours with one stage shirt and one guitar
plays one riff
never gave Johnny Johnson credit for inventing the Chuck Berry sound
must be paid in cash before every gig
violation of the Mann act
tax evasion

I have met Chuck, and he was a complete farking asshat
2006-06-22 06:45:08 PM  
Mancomb Seepgood

The expression on Chuck's face when Yoko starts bleating is priceless...
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