I interviewed John Mayall OBE, The Godfather of British Blues, recently. 82 years old and still performing every night on tour like a Kentucky Spring Chicken. The Blues has endured as a musical genre for more than 100 years – that’s longevity in a field where genres are now thin sliced and the half life of an artist or musical genre is in decline. Here’s the interview with the legendary Mr Mayall:
The video contains parallel business insights into:
Attracting and developing talent – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers was effectively a hothousing incubator for Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, Andy Fraser, Walter Trout et al.
Longevity and keeping focus on your unique selling points – John Mayall has, in Tom Peter’s words, quite literally “stuck to the knitting” for 80 years, playing and developing the art form known as the blues.
Learning effortlessly – In common with so many great musicians John Mayall is self taught, plays piano, guitar and many other instruments and does not read music.
The Academy of Rock offer masterclasses in the blues with related lessons for business people in terms of improvisation and creativity, collaboration and teamwork. If you wish we also bring a full blues band to allow you to practice these gentle arts with real musicians.