Friday, February 2, 2007


"...if you're a humanitarian, which most artists are, instead of getting in a fight or breaking something up, you take it out on yourself. In fact, I would say that most creative people who are self-destructive are trying to protect other people from their outrage. If you live long enough, though, you learn you have to be a humanitarian with yourself as well as with everybody else."
—Max Roach in The Village Voice, Dec. 1979

1 comment:

Doodle said...

Good quote, Lol. Maybe that philosophy is what allowed Max to be such a dynamic player for so long. Eric Gravatt, on the other hand, who was perhaps the greatest artist on drums I ever saw, quit the business to be a jail guard in Minnesota for a few decades! Maybe he was being kind to himself, too.