Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White Interview

“They say love will never die, just like a flower, and I believe it too.”  

– Bukka White, from the interview below

“‘I just reach up and pull them out of the sky – call them sky songs- they just come to me.’ That’s how Bukka White described his music making. His performances were not polished, finished, slick tin pan alley songs but marvelous, on the spot creations – images and recollections as they come to the artist’s mind. He was a man with one of the most vivid imaginations I ever had the pleasure of recording. When I first met Bukka here in Berkeley, CA., I was immediately impressed by his overpowering personality. He was intense and full of life – it had to come out of him – and slowly I found out what Bukka was like.”

 – Chris Strachwitz, from the liner notes for Bukka White’s album Sky Songs, Arhoolie CD-323

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Interviewee: Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White
Interviewer: Chris Strachwitz
Language: English

This is an interview originally recorded for research purposes. It is presented here in its raw state, unedited except to remove some irrelevant sections and blank spaces. All rights to the interview are reserved by the Arhoolie Foundation. Please do not use anything from this website without permission.

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