I can often enjoy an interview even if the subject doesn't particularly interest me, as long as he has something to say and says it well.

That certainly doesn't mean it's not significant. How much jazz gets played on the radio?

B.B. has a very specific kind of style, very lyrical. He doesn't play a lot of notes. In a slow blues arrangement, you can really hear the kind of elegance of his playing. He's not down and dirty.

Who's going to do it? Who has the authority to kind of step into that role and speak for everybody?

They are songs that probe, ... They're not position papers. They're statements about the human condition in a way. . . . It captures something beyond 'I'm right and you're wrong.' .

Morrison turned out to be a bitter, defensive guy, by far the biggest disappointment of any of my idols.

I think Michael has to get to a point where he just focuses ... and makes a great record.

In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work.

He was one of the architects of the Beatles sound.