Foundation Interviews Buddy Guy and James Hetfield

Buddy Guy and James Hetfield

Continuing a series of original interviews, which so far have included such luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Bono, and Graham Nash, the Foundation spoke with James Hetfield of Metallica and renowned Blues musician Buddy Guy. Both offered insights on their careers, the influence of Rock and Roll in their lives, and many other topics.

Highlights of Hetfield’s interview included his reflections on the his first rehearsal space: “I think a lot of great things happen in the garage; a lot of good things start there. It’s this Microsoft kind of computer thing which started in a garage. Guys who are football players — I think, where were they working out first? Maybe in their garage. It’s the little man escape... men like living in the garage for some reason.”

Among other things, Buddy Guy spoke about his early recording experiences and remarked on the major advances in technology. “At Chess [records], you would go play something and if they played it back to try and find out the mistakes for you, you’d go use the bathroom for 10 minutes. You come back out, you heard it, you knew it was you. Now there’s so much technology. Now I come out of Nashville on my last session and I said, ‘Who’s that?’ ‘Oh, that’s you, you just did that.’”

The Foundation looks forward to providing content from these and other original interviews throughout the curriculum.