There’s that famous Albert Camus quote, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” In a very literal sense that’s how reading Vulture’s interview with Quincy Jones made me feel today. We’re so used to neatly packaged PR campaigns and celebrities hawking their upcoming movies or albums that hearing Jones be so unapologetically himself feels like acerbic sunlight warming our cynical faces, thawing out our frowns, and turning that shit upside-down.
That analogy might actually be a little quaint for this interview. By all means, read it in full, but to prep you, here are the solid-gold quotes and educational bits from the piece. Warning: some of these will be explained further by reading the interview in its entirety. Many will not.
- Michael Jackson supposedly stole a bunch of his music and wouldn't pay people who worked on his songs.
- Elon Musk is constantly asking Quincy Jones to go to Burning Man with him. His response? "No thank you." I couldn't agree more, Mr. Jones.
- "[The Beatles] were the worst musicians in the world. They were no-playing motherfuckers. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it."
- But you know who is a good musician? This guy (Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft):
- He calls the president of our country a "fucking idiot." Okay, so he's still sane.
- "Bono’s my brother, man. He named his son after me." I looked up Bono's sons' names. John and Elijah.
- "[Marlon Brando would] fuck a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye."
- "I used to date Ivanka, you know." Winner.
This interview has resurrected my love of celebrity. It would've been nice if he had praised a single woman, other than Ivanka's legs, but with Quincy Jones, you get what you get. He doesn't seem like the type of dude who takes requests.