It is true that Ritchie Blackmore was another person who was impressed by Jimi Hendrix. “His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was incredible”, the Deep Purple guitarist even admitted. But, as reported by Far Out Magazineover the years, Blackmore attacked many other contemporaries such as Jimmy Page, who had his abilities as an improviser questioned, not to mention that Blackmore admitted that he really didn’t like the Rolling Stones and despite having even said that Jeff Beck was a guitar hero , some time later he commented that Beck couldn’t compose a song.
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And this skill as a songwriter is what most attracted Ritchie Blackmore’s attention to Bob Dylan, of whom he admits to being a big fan: “I would love to play with Bob Dylan. It’s kind of funny, but he’s the only person I admire in show business. I’ve been in this business a long time, and he’s the only one who still sounds mysterious to me, there’s something about him that I think it’s truly monumental”disse Blackmore.
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The guitarist then added: “And he’s so creative; when you think about all the songs he’s written, you know, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, the list is endless. So I’m a huge fan of his.”and then adds a story telling how their first meeting went: “Bob Dylan came up to me and asked, ‘Hey, who the hell are you?’ And I even admired him for that.”.
Ritchie did not give further details about when and where this happened, but made it clear that it moved him, that he had a poetic and philosophical reaction: “I went out with my head down and looked out a window. Dylan was looking out the window too. I think it’s important, people these days, they don’t look out the window anymore. At school, they used to complain that I spent hours looking out the window. That sums up my life, I like looking out the window, doing nothing, just daydreaming”.
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