Soul lyrics, soul music came at about the same time as the civil rights movement, and it's very possible that one influenced the other.
I think it's better to burn out than to fade away... it's better to live out your days being very, very active - even if it destroys you - than to quietly... disappear.
I'd be happy if people said that I did a little bit to raise the dignity and recognition of the greatness of African-American music.
Fifty years from now, people will still be listening to Led Zeppelin. They won't even remember me.
I came close to signing Elvis Presley. I offered $25,000 for his contract and they asked for $45,000 and I just didn't have the other $20,000.