Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.
It’s one thing to play a Muddy Waters song. It’s another thing to play with him.
Everybody starts by imitating their heroes. For me it was Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.
I'd play whenever I could get my hands on an electric guitar; I was trying to pick up rock'n'roll riffs and electric blues - the latest Muddy Waters. I'd spend hours and hours on the same track, back again, and back again.
It made me sick - my name's Keith Richards. It hardly makes it against Howlin' Wolf or Muddy Waters, does it? On my first guitar I had Boy Blue written - just pathetic. But that was as good as I got at the time.
What Muddy Waters did for us is what we should do for others. It's the old thing, what you want written on your tombstone as a musician: 'He passed it on.'
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