Chuck Berry riffs (on the Pistols, The Clash, et. al.)

The DIY spirit served as the guiding spirit of punk. From Bernard Sumner’s take on his first encounter with Johnny Rotten’s singing (“He was terrible. And I wanted to be terrible, too”), to Mark Perry’s efforts to capture in language his devotion to Joey Ramone (the result: the fanzine Sniffin’ Glue), punk represented a world rife with amateurish enthusiasm, and it was a good world indeed. That world gave rise to Jet Lag!, which between 1980 and 1991 published 93 issues. A first-volume issue included this great piece, in which Chuck Berry weighs in on the connections between the new thing and rocknroll music of yesteryear.

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