New York City, New York
10:21:26 - 10:31:26
Cam pans to Ellis Haizlip, seated as Bill Withers approaches and sits with him to be interviewed. Haizlip thanks Mae Jackson and then interviews Withers. Withers explains that his from Slab Fork West Virginia and wasn't really interested in music while growing up. Was interested in getting out of his town. Wasn't interested in music until he was 30 years old. Explains that when he first recorded he was allowed to do what he wanted to do which wasn't how things typically happened. Credits Booker T with helping him get his record made. Talks about how he shopped his record around Hollywood first but they wanted to change it so he left. Leads to discussion about he work he did for Boeing, making and installing toilets on 747 airplanes - says that he installed cameras on those toilets. They discuss whether that is a greater revolutionary act that Withers' singing. Withers states "I don't have any education other than the kind you get just walkin' around". Talks about his approach to singing - that he wanted to say something that hadn't been said before. Ellis mentions "Grandma's Hands" and "Saturday Night in Harlem" as outlining the black experience, and asks about future recordings. Withers states that his latest record "Still Bill" will be out in about a week. Ellis asks him about his future, Withers replies that he's "having fun" with what he's doing, not letting anyone "dress me up - put me into uniforms...I keep it at a very personal level where it's fun."..." We try to keep it soft and loose and kinda for real - I'm sick and tired of people singing 'I love you' with both arms up in the air." Ellis asks why he talks before his songs, comments that 'the rap' is pure poetry. Withers says he just does it - likes to relate to everybody there. Ellis asks how much his upbringing affects his songwriting, Withers answers that the kind of person that you are has an influence on everything you do . He elaborates on that, Ellis wraps up interview, and introduces McCoy Tyner Quartet again.