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Born: 1942-12-30
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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By many peoples' standards, my playing is very primitive but by punk standards, I'm a virtuoso.

Tags: Playing, Punk, Standards

It was just like Howlin' Wolf. Once you arrive at the point that you understand it, the emotional factor is darker than some of the saddest blues stuff.

Tags: Emotional, Once, Understand

After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.

Tags: After, Blues, Jazz

Even by the time I was four or five, I had Gene Autry records.

Tags: Five, Four, Time

From '69 til '76, I never played in public. I would play by myself at home.

Tags: Home, Played, Public

I never really followed grunge.

Tags: Followed, Grunge

I saw Suicide in '74 and it was pretty horrifying.

Tags: Horrifying, Pretty

I started off with the really funky stuff like Ramsey Lewis, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell.

Tags: Off, Started, Stuff

I was 12 in '55 when rock and roll hit. It just completely transformed me.

Tags: Hit, Rock, Roll

I was coerced into taking piano lessons in the early '50s. It was a quite unpleasant experience.

Tags: Early, Experience, Quite

Meanwhile after failing the bar twice, I knew some people in New York and moved here in August '71.

Tags: After, Here, Knew

My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis stuff I was listening to.

Tags: Playing, Started, Stuff

Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.

Tags: Makes, Music, Reading

The Stones were nasty and ugly and doing songs I was familiar with.

Tags: Nasty, Songs, Ugly

By then I was in Brooklyn and drank my way through that summer. I stopped when I got sick of that and got a job at the Strand bookstore, which was a little better than the tax job.

Tags: Job, Sick, Tax

I quit the tax job then and decided that I was going to play in a band. I answered ads in the Village Voice and went through two days of auditioning for bands.

Tags: Days, Job, Voice

I really feel fortunate to have been around then because there have been good and bad years in rock but the best years were '55 to early '61. I got to see Buddy Holly and everybody else.

Tags: Best, Good, Rock

I think Blank Generation holds up pretty well. You listen to that with headphones and there's a lot going on there with the guitars- it's the product of a lot of fighting.

Tags: Fighting, Listen, Pretty
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