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John Lee Hooker

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If they played more blues, people would just get it - they try to hold it back but just about can't hold it back now because the blues is really going.

John Lee Hooker

Oh, I still like to play and I still play when I want to.

John Lee Hooker

Like you and your woman ain't gettin' along and you're in love. You can't sleep at nights. Your mind is on her - on whatever. You know, that's the blues. You can't hug that money at night. You can't kiss it.

John Lee Hooker

The one thing the blues don't get is the backing and pushing of TV and radio like a lot of this garbage you hears. They choke stuff down people's throat so they got no choice but to listen to it.

John Lee Hooker

My style is all to myself.

John Lee Hooker

I've got enough money to live me two lifetimes so I don't have to do nothing I don't want to.

John Lee Hooker

I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.

John Lee Hooker

I like dropping into a small club and playing with some people, trying to help them get a start.

John Lee Hooker

I hitchhiked, took trucks 'n' trains - anything that would pick me up. I stopped in Memphis for about six months and they found me and come got me. Stayed about a month an' split again.

John Lee Hooker

I went on to Cincinnati. I had got a taste of the big cities and them bright lights. I stayed there until I was about 18 or 19 and then I went on to Detroit.

John Lee Hooker

Groups are corporations now. They have pension plans. Musicians have saw the daylight.

John Lee Hooker

All my life I been doin' what people tell me to do. Now, I'm telling them.

John Lee Hooker

I don't do nothing I don't want to do.

John Lee Hooker

I remember back in Detroit, I used to go to the Apex Bar every night after I got off work. The bartender there used to call me Boom Boom. I don't know why, but he did.

John Lee Hooker

I am a happy man. I've had a good life.

John Lee Hooker

Since you knew they was goin' to cheat you anyway, I recorded under any name with all of 'em.

John Lee Hooker

They wasn't gonna give you nothin'. I didn't care as long as they let me play my music. Cash on the spot... You cheat me and I'm gonna get me some money, too.

John Lee Hooker

I like the small clubs.

John Lee Hooker

But I don't want to do no big tours or go out on the road.

John Lee Hooker

I want to play music when I want, write a song if I want or watch a baseball game if I want.

John Lee Hooker

I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there. 'Cause that's all I know - the blues. And I can sing the blues so deep until you can have this room full of money and I can give you the blues.

John Lee Hooker

In my career, people in the record business have been rockin' in the same ol' boat. They all crooks - I'll say it clear and loud - especially the big ones.

John Lee Hooker

The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.

John Lee Hooker

It don't take me no three days to record no album.

John Lee Hooker

I don't think about time. You're here when you're here. I think about today, staying in tune.

John Lee Hooker
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