Don Was: The Music Is Paramount
Interview by R.J. DeLuke
The president of the iconic Blue Note Records, the man who is stewarding the label as it marches into it’s 75th anniversary year celebration, comes from the wrong side of the tracks, in a sense. He’s not a gut in a suit. He came up through the trenches as a working musician. He liked jazz and played gigs in bunches during his years in his hometown of Detroit. But his adaptability to all kinds of music brought him to fame in rock, R&B, country and funk.
Don Was, co-leader of the 1980s group Was (Not Was) and producer of every Rolling Stones album since 1993, took the baton from Bruce Lundvall in 2012…