Quincy Jones GQ interview

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  1. tiktok

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    Excellent stuff.

    There is the career, of course: the jazz musician, the arranger, the record executive, the soundtrack composer, the solo artist, the producer of the biggest pop album in history, the entrepreneur, the media magnate, the film and TV producer, the philanthropist…and on and on. Jones is one of just a handful of people who have accomplished the EGOT—winner of at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. (1) But these seem almost trivial and incidental alongside the actual life he's lived.

    For one thing, he seems to know, or have known, everybody. When Jones says that he "lost 66 friends last year" and begins to list recent departures—"David Bowie, George Martin…"—it's more than an acknowledgment of some recent rough years. It's also a testament to his unique gift for not just knowing people but also sharing unforgettable moments with them. Someone once compared his omnipresence to Forrest Gump's; Jones has heard this one, but he prefers a further twist on it: "the Ghetto Gump."

    He worries often that he'll say too much ("I always get in trouble, you know. My daughter Kidada calls me LL QJ—Loose Lips"), but it doesn't really seem to stem the flow. And because each sentence from his mouth comes out sounding like a benediction, it takes a while to register that the word the 84-year-old Quincy Jones uses more than any other, as a term of both endearment and opprobrium, is mother****er. In fact, he will say it in my presence 89 times.



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    I read GQ for years.

    The last several years have been deeply disappointing to me.

    I still flip through the latest issue at the grocery store.

    This current issue is great for the Quincy interview as well as an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson.
     
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    Quincy is music royalty. Incredible amounts of contributions to popular music in his lifetime
     
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    I have nothing to say - the man is on another planet.
    It's amazing.
     
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    How about his Vulture interview?!

    What were your first impressions of the Beatles?
    That they were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing mother****ers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it. I remember once we were in the studio with George Martin, and RingoJones arranged a version of “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” for Starr’s 1970 solo debut album Sentimental Journey, which was produced by the Beatles’ frequent collaborator George Martin. The song, and album, are more than a bit gloopy.had taken three hours for a four-bar thing he was trying to fix on a song. He couldn’t get it. We said, “Mate, why don’t you get some lager and lime, some shepherd’s pie, and take an hour-and-a-half and relax a little bit.” So he did, and we called Ronnie Verrell, a jazz drummer. Ronnie came in for 15 minutes and tore it up. Ringo comes back and says, “George, can you play it back for me one more time?” So George did, and Ringo says, “That didn’t sound so bad.” And I said, “Yeah, mother****er because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.
     
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    Saw that... Quincy Jones is now dead to me
     
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    what about it?
     
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    I love the Beatles... but I can only imagine what Quincy really knows so I'd probably give him a pass on this.
     
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    Lots of zingers in that recent interview. I kind of love it.
     
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    He claims he hit that!
     
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    Not sure I believe half of what he says, but then again I kinda do.
     
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    "Went to dinner with" != "dated"
     
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    Bernard Purdie played drums on all The Beatles hits.
     
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    Bernard Purdie played drums on all The Beatles hits.
     
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    Twice !
     
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    Damn, but she's attractive!
     
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