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Available Expert - Passing of music icon Chuck Berry

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Queen's University musicologist Robb Mackay is available to comment on the passing of music icon Chuck Berry. Over a career spanning nearly seven decades, Mr. Berry produced a number of all-time hits, including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

"Chuck Berry's story tells us a lot about what we need to know about race and popular music," says Prof. Mackay. "No matter what we think we see and hear in terms of racial representation, pop music has always been a pretty white, pretty conservative business."

Professor Mackay is an adjunct lecturer in the Dan School of Drama and Music, with a specialty in musicology and ethnomusicology. He is available by Facetime and phone on March 18 and 19.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (343-363-0096 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) in the Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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