Saturday, September 27, 2014

"The core of it—the expression"

I was looking for the core of it—the expression. You would have no jazz without blues out of slavery—that most recent and particular version of slavery, not us poor Celts for example, under the Roman boot. They put those people through misery, not just in America. But there’s something produced by its survivors that is very elemental. It’s not something you take in in the head, it’s something you take in in the guts. It's beyond the matter of the musicality of it, which is very variable and flexible.
from Keith Richards, Life, p.84