Quincy Jones: ‘I told Michael Jackson he was weird’

Quincy Jones

Interview by Paul Lester (The Guardian)

Hi, Quincy. Good to talk to you, especially considering the time where you are (1.15am). You’re up late!

I always am, fella. All my life. It’s the only time the muse lets you loose, you know? I used to write from midnight to 10 in the morning.

You’ve got some incredible stories. Is it true you once had lunch with Leni Riefenstahl (1) in which she told you that most of the Third Reich leaders were addicted to cocaine?

Not most – all of them! Freud came up with the concept of cocaine (2). I used to work for pimps when I was little, and they used to take it all the time because it closes down any fear or problem with violence.

Did Hitler take cocaine?

Hell, yes, man! He was first in line. He had syphilis, all kinds of shit.

So cocaine doesn’t just ravage communities today, it is responsible for many of the horrors of the second world war?

Yes, and the stuff gets stronger. These kids today look at it like it’s cough medicine.

Are you into legalising drugs?

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