Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Never give up

This story made me think about all sorts of people who have turned down interviews.

Usually, they fall by the wayside. Forgotten. They said no.

For me, this serves as a reminder to keep trying for those really intriguing stories.

Mick Taylor, the guitarist who quit the Rolling Stones during their heyday, would not talk to reporters. He lives in a run-down house. He has never collected a royalty check. He's never publicly explained why.

Until now.

(Photo of Mick Taylor via www.dailymail.co.uk)


  1. Really interesting story, but geez, for a story about the guy's first interview in forever, it's not until the 15th graf that you hear from him. I don't know ... It's not that the setup stuff was unimportant, but I might have approached it a bit differently.

  2. I agree. Not really a good example of good writing. So much more could have been done with it. Also, really interesting stuff about royalty checks is at the end.

  3. This is a great reminder that people change their minds. Just because someone says they don't want to talk to the press today doesn't mean they won't wake up a week later and want to chat. I'm going to remember this when someone refuses an interview request. It was a great read, but it felt one-sided at times. I wish the writer would have tried to get another source to verify some of the story. (A lawyer? friend? family member? another ex-Stones member?)