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.
I was 12 in '55 when rock and roll hit. It just completely transformed me.
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.
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.
After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.
By many peoples' standards, my playing is very primitive but by punk standards, I'm a virtuoso.
Reading music is something that's inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.
Meanwhile after failing the bar twice, I knew some people in New York and moved here in August '71.
I started off with the really funky stuff like Ramsey Lewis, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell.
From '69 til '76, I never played in public. I would play by myself at home.
I never really followed grunge.
I saw Suicide in '74 and it was pretty horrifying.
Even by the time I was four or five, I had Gene Autry records.
I was coerced into taking piano lessons in the early '50s. It was a quite unpleasant experience.
My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis stuff I was listening to.
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