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Payin' Some Dues — Blues at Ann Arbor

Miller Francis jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 18 August 1969

"I'd like for them to hear the real things. I don't think yet that most of the white people like my music because it's blues. I don't know if the people that have heard my music would sit down and buy Muddy Waters' records and say, Yeah, man, that really is nice. Like some of them like it cause I'm a fast guitar player and they're into good musicianship and that part of it. Actual love for the music, I don't think that most people have it. I know that a whole lot of them really do have a love for the blues but not most, I don't think. I hope it'll change and they really will start likin' it, likin' the music for what it is instead of just the guitar playing... cause the music really isn't the main thing. It was just a background for things that they wanted to say feelings that you have. And the music was there as a way to put it across."
From an interview of Johnny Winter (see Rat, July 9-23, 1969)

Total word count of piece: 3863


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