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Rock-and-Roll in America, 1956-1960

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My favorite musician from 1956 thru 1959 was Chuck Berry. Even though Elvis and Jerry Lee and the Everly Brothers were good, and Bill Haley had a hit that got us dancing in the isles in the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Chuck Berry wrote and played songs about cars, and teen love, and teens generally that just blew me away.

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Chuck Berry Performing in France in 1987,
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Those were prolific times, and for a single musician and his music, Chuck was my main man.

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Then when I got to law school in 1963, there was a Berkeley kid in my class named Louie Haas, and he played rock-and-roll. I never heard him live but I knew he was playing gigs in addition to hitting the blue law books and smoking weed. And forty years later, Louie Louie emailed me a link; and I'd like to share it with you. It's called the "Briarcliff Manor High School Class of 1960 1956-1960 Rock and Roll Juke Box !" and you access it by clicking here.

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)

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