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John Lee Hooker

American,  Musician
Total Quotes : 26
Back I Remember Boom

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

Play Fancy Lot

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

Take Album Record

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

- John Lee Hooker

Big Cities Bright Lights

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

Career Big Loud

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

Think I Think Here

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

- John Lee Hooker

Small Like Clubs

I like the small clubs.

- John Lee Hooker

Happy I Am Happy Man

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

- John Lee Hooker

Want Nothing Lifetimes

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

Meaning Line Tells

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

- John Lee Hooker

Throat TV No Choice

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

Knew Recorded Any

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

- John Lee Hooker

Song Idea Sudden

I just get an idea and then all of a sudden I've got a song.

- John Lee Hooker

Love Mind Woman

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

Back Go Any

You can go to Europe, and there's no turnin' back - any parts of Europe. Wherever you are, there is no stop and go for the blues. The blues go but it don't stop.

- John Lee Hooker

Play Give Some

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

Play Taught Moore

The way Will Moore taught me, and the way I play it, the blues is just something different.

- John Lee Hooker

Myself Style

My style is all to myself.

- John Lee Hooker

More Going About

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

Play Like Still

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

- John Lee Hooker