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Published on February 8th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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You’ve GOT to read this interview with producer Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones, jazz master and producer of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was interviewed by Vulture.com. At with a lifetime at work, the 86 year-old doesn’t feel like he has to hold anything back. Anything.

In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning 28 Grammy awards and co-producing Michael Jackson’s biggest-selling albums will do.) But in person, the 84-year-old music-industry macher is far spikier and more complicated. “All I’ve ever done is tell the truth,” says Jones, seated on a couch in his palatial Bel Air home, and about to dish some outrageous gossip. “I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man.”

Currently in the midst of an extended victory lap ahead of his turning 85 in March — a Netflix documentary and a CBS special hosted by Oprah Winfrey are on the horizon — Jones, dressed in a loose sweater, dark slacks, and a jaunty scarf, talks like he has nothing to lose. He name-drops, he scolds, he praises, and he tells (and retells) stories about his very famous friends. Even when his words are harsh, he says them with an enveloping charm, frequently leaning over for fist bumps and to tap me on the knee. “The experiences I’ve had!” he says, shaking his head in wonder. “You almost can’t believe it.”

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to You’ve GOT to read this interview with producer Quincy Jones

  1. Steph D says:

    “You almost can’t believe it.”
    No need to include ALMOST in there. The JFK assassin? Dating Ivanka? There’s no limits to where Q’s mind will wander!

  2. Now that was entertaining! Great interview.

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