Like the rest of the world, our family was saddened to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. Nearly sixty years ago, Mr. Berry played a groundbreaking set at Newport and to celebrate his innovative and immeasurable impact on the world of music and culture, we had been working with Mr. Berry’s family and record label to celebrate his 90th birthday at the fort this summer.  With the sudden news of his passing we have decided to turn this celebration into a collaborative tribute honoring the father of rock n’ roll. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, and we look forward to sharing the joy of his music with all of you on Sunday July 30.

Photo by Danny Clinch


“This picture of us hugging at the Newport Folk Festival … Leonard did “Suzanne.” I’d met him and I went, ‘I love that song. What a great song.’ Really. “Suzanne” was one of the greatest songs I ever heard. So I was proud to meet an artist. He made me feel humble, because I looked at that song and I went, ‘Woah. All my songs seem so naive by comparison.’ It raised the standard of what I wanted to write.”

- Joni Mitchell, from “Joni Mitchell In Her Own Words,” Interview by Malka Marom.


Joni Mitchell meeting Leonard Cohen. Newport Folk Festival, 1967.

“Joni: So when I met Leonard, I said to him, "I need to read some books…”

He gave me his reading list, wonderful books: Camus, The Stranger, the I Ching, which I’ve used all my life, Magister Ludi, Siddharta. A wonderful reading list.“

Excerpted from "Joni Mitchell. In Her Own Words”, by Malka Marom.