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Celebrate The Life Of Chuck Berry By Visiting This Rock Memorial

Rock n roll lost one of its brightest and most enduring stars last weekend when Chuck Berry - who redefined pop music with hits like 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Roll Over Beethoven' - died Saturday night at the age of 90. But you can still celebrate his life and legacy by visiting his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri to pay your respects at the city's memorial to Berry - the "Shakespeare of rock n roll" according to Bob Dylan.

In 2011, St. Louis honored their rocking resident by building a bronze statue of Berry performing his signature duck-walk dance. The monument is located across the street from the Blueberry Hill Restaurant and Music Club, where Berry regularly performed until 2014. But don't touch the guitar unless you want to risk getting punched in the face like Keith Richards when he meddled with Berry's axe.

Here's a making-of featurette that profiles the statue, including the public unveiling that Berry attended in St. Louis.

If you can't make the trip to Missouri, you can celebrate Berry's life by buying his last album -- Chuck, which will be released posthumously later this year. Berry announced the new release -- his first in 38 years -- on his 90th birthday last October. The album, which contains mostly new music, features Berry playing guitar alongside his son -- Charles Jr. -- and a trio of musicians known as The Blueberry Hill Band.

No tracks from upcoming album have been released yet. So we'll leave you with Berry's contribution to Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction'. Here's Uma Thurman and John Travolta dancing to Berry's song 'You Never Can Tell'.

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