Roll Over Beethoven: Chuck Berry’s Imprint on Rock and Roll

One of my favorite lyrics from Berry is “Roll Over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news,” which summed up what he was bringing to the world of music. It was something that immediately redefined our culture, maybe in the same way Beethoven or Tchaikovsky did in their time. Rock and roll ran through every strand of his musical DNA, so when John Lennon said “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry,’” he couldn’t have been more spot on.