black and white photo of a young Chuck Berry and guitar

“America’s Beethoven” Exhibit in King Library

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Chuck Berry composed the 1956 hit single "Roll Over Beethoven."

San Jose State’s Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies presents “America’s Beethoven,” an exhibit exploring the composer’s arrival and continuing presence in America through popular music, film and theater, including Chuck Berry’s 1956 hit “Roll Over Beethoven (click to listen).”

Curated by Professor and Beethoven Center Director William Meredith, Librarian Patricia Stroh, and award winning music historian Michael Broyles, the materials will be on display in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall and the Beethoven Center in King Library from October 1 through December 21. The hours are:

Mondays–Thursdays: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fridays: 11–5 p.m.
Saturdays: 1–5 p.m.
Sundays: Closed

The exhibit is open to the public without charge. Funding was provided by the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, American Beethoven Society and San Jose State University.

More information, including an extensive collection of YouTube clips.