Muddy Waters
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Saturday night is your big night. Everybody used to fry up fish and have one hell of a time. Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and a sandwich. And be glad of it. And they really liked the low-down blues.

When we needed to find a hippie bookstore that sold secondhand books, I thought of Abandoned Planet (518 Valencia St.), which is right across the street from where I used to live, ... When I was a starving writer-director-actor, I'd go to the Muddy Waters Cafe (521 Valencia St.) every day, buy a $3.50 burrito and eat half for lunch, half for dinner.

I got that first record out, it came out in '47... Then my name began to ring around. I began to take over. From that point, I tell you, Chicago was in my hand, all the more time that those guys had to listen to me.

The thing about San Francisco is that it has this kind of magical quality.

I was so wild and crazy and dumb in my car. It didn't run but 30 miles an hour. You made do.

Robert Johnson? No, I didn't know him, personally.

Our location manager sent me photos of different possibilities, and I picked out my favorite, which was this apartment building at Mason and Green, ... I sent it to Leslie, and she said, 'That's my apartment building! That's literally where I lived in San Francisco.' I felt that was a good sign.

I rambled all the time. I was just like that, like a rollin' stone.

Them older people... they didn't think you could make it in no kind of city. They think if you get in the city-starvation.