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Amiable bane of rock journalists

Ritchie Blackmore, Guitar World, February 1991

Guitar World has posted an interview with Ritchie Blackmore that first appeared in their magazine in February 1991 issue. It is fairly entertaining and it aged well, so it’s worth a revisit even if you have seen it the first (or the second) time around.

“Are you ready?” I ask, and Blackmore nods his assent. But before I can ask the first question, he points at my tape recorder and in thick British tones says, “By the way, that’s not on.”

“Oh no,” I think. “The tape’s busted!” My worst fears, realized. Tolinski stares at me, horror etched on his features. I examine the contraption, but it seems to be running smoothly. I turn to Blackmore, a bit befuddled, and insist, “It’s moving. It’s on.”

“Just checking,” he says slyly.

Continue reading in Guitar World.

Thanks to Vladimir Drybushchak for the heads up.

3 Comments to “Amiable bane of rock journalists”:

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I still have my original copy of that magazine. It was so many years ago….. sigh.

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    Keith Haussel says:

    “Amiable bane of journalists?” That is a false assumption; Ritchie has been quite receptive to journalists when he is interviewed. While the phrase is meant to be witty, it is deceptive and leads the reader not familiar with the reality to believe that is is not taken tongue in cheek.

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    James Gemmell says:

    I’ve been in print journalism or radio news my entire adult life. Ritchie wasn’t just trying to be humorous. He wisely had the reporter double-check to make sure the recorder was on and working. I’m sure there were many occasions where he sat through an interview, only to have a reporter say at the end of the interview – or even later – “Ritchie, can we do that interview over? The tape got ate”, or something similar.

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