“I was actually born in Israel, six months after independence.
“For the first 8.5 years of my life, I never saw a TV or heard music on the radio. We didn’t even have a toilet! It was just an outhouse, with a few rags to wipe your ass.
“My mother and I emigrated to the US in 1957, right in the middle of the rock ‘n’ roll explosion. This is pre-Beatles; we’re talking about Fats Domino, Little Richard, Chuck Berry… Elvis, of course. This music just hit me at the side of the head like a 2×4. Wham!
“I could pick a hundred [songs that blew my mind]… a thousand. That was what it was like to be a music fan in the ’50s and ’60s.
“You had The Beatles next to Diana Ross next to Zeppelin next to Hendrix next to Yes next to James Brown next to The Kinks.
“Every week, there seemed to be another 20 new songs that just stopped you dead in your tracks. Can you imagine hearing ‘Waterloo Sunset’ for the first time? Or ‘Twist and Shout’? Or ‘Tutti Frutti’?
“These days we have the talent – Gaga, Bruno Mars, Adele, all great artists – but they’re handcuffed by the industry.
“The industry sets the rules and says rap has to sound like this; soul has to sound like this; EDM has to sound like this. Fucking pathetic!
“I don’t want to sound like one of those miserable, moany guys that says, ‘Man, everything was better back then.’ But when it comes to music… shit, it was so much better! When I heard it, it changed my life forever!”