Like a rolling stone (Interview of Mick Taylor)

I got a surprise for you guys. The exclusive interview of a Rolling Stone. Wait, wait, I’ll tell you the story.

I used to write reviews for a website with which I had the amazing opportunity to interview Mick Taylor who was the Rolling Stones guitar player from 1969 to 1974 (!!). Everyone with just a little bit of musical taste will confirm this period wasn’t too bad. And the Stones fans seem to consider Mick Taylor as one of their best guitarists ever. Unfortunately, this website actually shot down short after I made this interview. Damn. I have thus never been able to release it. I am now writing reviews and interviews for another website, called Sound Of Violence, specialized in British rock music, which is pretty much all I love so it all worked out for the best.

This interview dates back from the 1st of July 2009 so if you like vintage, you’ll be pleased. This is the original version. No changes, no cuts. You’re welcome. Be indulgent, it was my first interview ever. I was young and innocent. Not that I’ve improved much. You’ll notice I really really wanted to ask a question about Bob Dylan. Hearing anecdotes about Mick Taylor and Bob Dylan going shopping was quite unreal I have to say.

How are you ?

I’m beginning to get a little bit tongue-tired. I don’t really know what to say. My brain’s getting tired. [He orders a glass of red wine] I’m very happy. A little bit tired. We had a long journey to Paris. We got here too early to check in to our rooms so we had to sit around for three hours and then I had a quick shower but it’s been so hot today. It’s been like Mumbai. I feel like a slumdog millionaire guitar player.  No seriously, all I remember doing since I arrived is taking a shower and talking and talking and talking about myself and about my career. But that’s nice though cos sometimes people remind you things you’d forgotten or you thought you’d forgotten. That’s always interesting.

I’m gonna make you talk about your career too! You’ve worked with loads of great artists, including Bob Dylan!

Yeah, he was one of the greatest! Probably the greatest artist, in terms of being of a singer, songwriter, poet I’ve ever played with.

So who did you prefer working with?

Well that’s a difficult question even though working with him was one of the highlights of my career in so many different ways, because I already loved his music and been aware of his music since I was about thirteen. But I’ve never been surprised by getting a call from anybody asking me to play for them. But when he asked me to play for him and he asked me by inviting me to go to New York to make an album called “Infidels” in 1983, I just thought it was wonderful. I just thought “well it is a dream come true” you know. “I’m working with somebody I idolize and that’s been an inspiration to me and many people and now he’s asking me to play guitar on his record”. But we formed an instant friendship. We used to go out shopping together in New York. We used to go and look for guitars. We used to go to museums. I once remember we were at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York and there were all these sculptures there. It was very contemporary. There was a sculpture there of a guitar and he said “hey look at that guitar. It’s the most expensive guitar in the world and you can’t even play it”. He had that kind of funny sense of humor, you know. It was great you know because he took me around the Village where he grew up [Greenwich Village] and we’d come to a street and he’d say “you see that basemen above there, that was where I wrote A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall [in 1962]” He pointed all these little things out to me and then we both used to talk about musicians that we both knew from the period that I played with John Mayall [from the band called The Bluesbreakers] from 1966 to 1967. Musicians like Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, one of his first blues guitar players. So without realizing it we actually had a lot of friends in common from his distant past. Continue reading