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When I hit around 65, 66, I started to feel tremendous worth and incredible personal esteem. I was becoming very cognisant of my contribution to the American spirit of helping your fellow man and all of the good stuff.

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The young man who’s had the Guggenheim fortune behind him all his life – he can hire all the authorities on the subject to teach him how to do a monologue, but he’s never going to have the right stuff to pull it off. If he doesn’t walk out onstage needing to walk out there, he doesn’t have a dream of doing well.

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When you do have songs where you’re going to say something, some kind of statement about cultural or social stuff, that in general people love it. People love to be challenged in that way.

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Put simply, if we do not redirect our extraction and production systems and change the way we distribute, consume, and dispose of our stuff – what I sometimes call the take-make-waste model – the economy as it is will kill the planet.

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Recycling is what we do when we’re out of options to avoid, repair, or reuse the product first. Firstly: Reduce. Don’t buy what we don’t need. Repair: Fix stuff that still has life in it. Reuse: Share. Then, only when you’ve exhausted those options, recycle.

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New York’s architecture alone is enough to inspire a whole album. In fact, that’s what happened at first – my early stuff was mostly just interpretations of landscapes.

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This whole thing called the internet and all this other kind of stuff is about to go crazy. It’s all going to change. But, you know what’s not going to change? The talented people.

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There’s lots of interesting stuff happening in the world. Lots of good and bad things, and there’s interest in music still, which there always will be, which is always a good thing.

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When I was a kid, I just devoured TV 24 hours a day. Now that it’s actually available 24 hours a day, I’m usually busy doing other stuff. But I do watch TV when I can.

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I have had UFO experiences, and yet, at the same time, I can easily be convinced that none of it is true. It’s hard to say whether or not you’re a believer. I’ve been interested in that subject matter, like lots of people. Perhaps foolishly, I’ve allowed some of that stuff to creep into my music.

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You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual. Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them, that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.

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I think that some of the best Crowes stuff we did had that spontaneous vibe. Thats something thats always interested me in music. Im not really the kind of person to get too bogged down in the details. I think that takes away from the emotion and the vibe of what youre doing.

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I was young, but to me that was underground music. I had never heard anything like Venom or any of that stuff growing up in Louisville. That was sort of the only weird records I could find. All that stuff would be in the import section. And sometimes there would be some sort of goth type of stuff. But that was the stuff I was attracted to.