Above, in a new animated video by Blank on Blank, B.B. explains the story behind the naming of his legendary guitar, and then answers the big question: Do you really need to endure hard times to play the blues? No spoilers here.
The audio was recorded in September, 1985 by Warner Bros. A&R manager Joe Smith. While writing a book on the music industry, Smith taped interviews with legendary figures like Dave Brubeck, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Joan Baez, Herbie Hancock, David Bowie, George Harrison, Yoko Ono, James Brown, Bo Diddley, Jerry Garcia, Christine McVie, Mick Jagger, Linda Ronstadt and more. Each interview runs 30-60 good minutes. They’re fascinating to listen to, and you can find them on iTunes and the web.
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