[Thompson made himself the centerpiece of his stories] to show that a regular person could be in the midst of the craziness of the time, ... He was our historian.
That's the best birthday present -- to give something back to the musicians who have given this country so much
It's a really innovative idea. I've done concerts for young people all over the world, but I never thought of using the Beatles.
Like the music of Beethoven, Bach and Charlie Parker, the Beatles' music was built to last - proving that a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Even before he had one book published, Jack was one of those people you could feel was very special.
I was part of it, and I am still part of it today in terms of what it means to a whole new generation of people who are interested in the enduring energy, achievements, spirit and creativity that exemplified our era.
I wish to share and pass down some of my generation's traits, and encourage young people to create their own art, music, and literature.
That is the way a great master carpenter feels, or an architect or composer or anyone who creates anything - people want to be appreciated for what they have done.
The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty.
The Upper Bohemia people wore tuxedos in an art gallery, and Lower Bohemia was all of us.
We had common interests in the beauty of the French language. We both had a tremendous love of jazz. We shared dreams of getting married and having a family, living in the country, leading an idyllic life.
When today's generation reads Jack's books or they listen to the music created by some of us, I believe that they see there is a different way of approaching today's life and today's sometimes seeming hopelessness that can provide answers.
We met with the poet Frank O'Hara, who was a link between Upper and Lower Bohemia, and who worked at the Museum of Modern Art, where we had hoped to do the readings.
In symphonic music, when you are conducting, you do the same thing. You are feeling the whole orchestra, thinking ahead so you can prepare for a change.
When you are accompanying someone, you are listening to them the way you listen to a Bach Chorale, where four parts are going on at the same time, all of which are gorgeous melodies, all being played simultaneously.