Legendary record producer Quincy Jones, like an old philanthropist emptying his bank account right before the end, seemed to dump every interesting bit of gossip and Hollywood know-how out of his system in two eye-opening interviews right before his 85th birthday. Don’t worry, he’s in good health (as far as we know)! He spoke with GQ and Vulture at the top of 2018, but it sadly seems like the Quincy Jones Tells All era has come to an end, after his six daughters staged an intervention to stop the “word vomit.” Quincy, please!
He posted a lengthy note on Twitter Thursday, hinting at some of the blowback from his viral Vulture interview (which included Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor’s kids dubiously disputing his claims that their fathers fucked.) Jones explains the awakening of details and memories—all of which I would like to know—have come back to him since he stopped drinking. Based on the punctuation, it seems like one or more people close to him characterized the parts of his interviews as “wordvomit” and thought they distracted from more pressing issues that he wanted to discuss:
When you’ve been fortunate to have lived such a long & crazy life (& you’ve recently stopped drinking - three years ago!), certain details about specific events (which do NOT paint the full picture of my intentions or experiences come flooding back all at once, & even at 85, it’s apparent that “wordvomit” & bad-mouthing is inexcusable. One of the hardest things about this situation is that, this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty...you name it.
Why can’t we have all of those things? Nuance rules, and, yes, I’d like to know who Marlon Brando banged right alongside some opinions about the Beatles and income inequality, thank you very much. Never change, Quincy, and don’t let anyone tell you this was a mistake!
Read his full note below.