Pop music, disco music, and heavy metal music is about shutting out the tensions of life, putting it away.
Elvis deserves a lot of credit for bringing the blues to middle America, not the Vegas stuff. The early stuff, The Sun records, and the first few RCA records. He was wonderful, he had the power, the drive, and he was so dedicated to his music.
I don't know about friends, but what time I spent with The Beatles they were very courteous to me.
Only one of us would usually sing lead. Which most of the time was, Mickey or Dave. They thought it was perfectly a natural routine, because Mickey and Dave saw themselves as TV actors.
The four of us couldn't have made a record with the time left over when we were shooting the show. We were on stage from 7.30 in the morning 'til 7 at night. Later on, when there was a break from filming, and we were sick of doing it the old way.
The Monkees was a straight sitcom, we used the same plots that were on the other situation comedies at the time. So the music wasn't threatening, we weren't threatening.
I get to play a scorching lead guitar, and there's not much that's more fun than that.
It was so much fun to do, play the blues and then play a Monkees' set on the same night.
Oh, the most fun thing I've ever been asked to autograph was breasts.
I am more of an old black and white movies fan.
I never listen to music in the house, I listen to music in the car.
No, in 1968 I still wanted to be a Pop Star, and be about the music. Now, I want to be just about the music.
Pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.
Put you energy into music. If it fails you, you can become an accountant or a dentist. And then if you become a dentist or an accountant, it's too late to become a musician afterwards.
Ringo is one of the world's true humans. The only one out those four guys, who did not have an agenda. Ringo was just into the music.