He is the be all and end all, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. The sine qua non, the epitome, the originator nonpareil. The quintessence. The poet, the storyteller, the wordsmith, the word slinger. The purveyor of the Duck Walk. The ax man, the font of eternal, inexhaustible licks; the provider of six string DNA. The god who sprang fully formed from the forehead of the blues. The hippest, the baddest, and yet . . . the most taken for granted, too. He is the inimitable Chuck Berry, the father of rock and roll.