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Go around the middleman; get your music straight to the people, ... You`ve got the Web now. Do it. Don`t even hesitate. Because people want to hear real music, and there`s a lot of talented kids out there, millions of them as far as I`m concerned, and they really have something to say. And they just needed their medium, and now they have it. That`s what I tell them. Go to the Web ... but do it.

In the last two years, the youngest people are asking me for the oldest songs, ... I`m talking kids . It blows my mind. I look at them and go, `How could you have heard that song? I haven`t sung it in 20 years.` It`s like I`m just starting now. I finally got a career.

It`s a brand new world, and it`s just beginning again, but on such a wonderful level of being able to communicate with each other directly, being able to talk to people all over the world,

When I flew over the crowd, that`s what I said to myself, ... I said, `If they put this picture in the newspaper, it`s all over for them, because now they can`t hide us anymore .`

You`ve got to go down to the Village. That`s where it`s happening.

I told him, `You don`t need to get gigs from the union. You can make your own band,` ... That`s how he did it. He went down to the coffeehouse I told him to go to. A month later, I`m around the corner at another cafe. Friend of mine comes up and says, `You gotta hear this band! This guy was great!` And I went around the corner and went, `It`s him! It`s that guy!` He was so magical.

It`s the first time that the original people were invited back to play, ... They`re doing it right. It`s going to be a wonderful 30th anniversary and reunion. I`m looking forward to it.


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