So we lost John Severson and Bruce Brown in the same year …
I watched his movies many times, maybe because I couldn’t be in the water nearly as much as I wanted to. His iconic The Endless Summer was my first exposure to both Brown’s work as well as to mid century surf films as a genre.
American jazz guitarists,” Ray admits of only one rival—Parisian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, whom Emmett worships, obviously patterns himself after, and can’t stand to see in person without fainting dead away.
In ‘Sweet Little Sixteen,’ ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In ‘Promised Land,’ ‘Too Much Monkey Business’ and ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man,’ he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.