Ronnie Hawkins

Ronnie Hawkins

I’m gonna tell you a story about that wild Australian journalist by the name of Ritchie Yorke: I went around the world with Ritchie and he nearly got me arrested twice and nearly got me killed in mainland China when we drove across the border. I didn’t know about it, otherwise I would have jumped out of the car! But I can tell you we had an exciting life because Ritchie was the head writer for the Rolling Stone, and the Rolling Stone was the bible, the book, the everything for anything to do with music at that time. Ritchie is one hell of a journalist. Ritchie has helped a lot of people. For example, Led Zeppelin, no one had ever heard of Led Zeppelin – not even their parents, they didn’t know them – and Ritchie started doing write-ups on them and a book and then he got them a deal with Atlantic Records. Everybody he promoted became superstars, expect me.”