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Family Business

John, what music did you grow up listening to apart from the family songs?

J.C. I suppose I started on Bob Dylan, and Donovan as well. We've all got pretty wide tastes in music - I like Steely Dan, and you couldn't get much further from traditional music than that. I've got a great love of blues - when I was about 10 dad bought an electric record player, which was a tremendous innovation in our family, and found there were lots of blues records coming out by then, in the '50s. I remember getting hold of 3 EPs compiled by the late, lamented Alexis Korner called Kings Of The Blues.

Then later I got into much heavier stuff, right through to Hendrix. That was at a time when I was using dope and stuff, mixing with a pretty freewheeling crowd - on the road being a part-time hippie, sleeping rough when it suited you. I still listen to a lot of Hendrix now.

B.C. It's amazing, really. The whole of western culture today is derived from negro music. You go to the superstore and you'll near negro derivatives being played. Just a handful of negroes in a vast continent, a small proportion, and the lovely stuff has influenced the whole world.

Those Coppers pretending to be folk singers!
Those Coppers pretending to be folk singers! (Photo: I. Anderson)


This feature first appeared in issue 20 of The Southern Rag (the original title of fRoots) in April 1984.

 

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