Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) - (black) Art & (black) Music
Basquiat was, of course, a great jazz fan. Charlie Parker is the Jazz character most often referred to as Basquiat’s “hero.” But in a 1983 interview in Milan, Lisa Licitra asked Basquiat his favorite music, and he replied “Miles Davis.”
And in the famous mid-1980s interview with Becky Johnson, filmed by Tara Davis, Becky asked him: “Would you ever describe your work?” Basquiat replied: “I never know how to really describe it…. I don’t know how to describe my work. Because it’s not always the same thing. It’s like … asking Miles how does your horn sound?, I don’t think he could really tell you, you know, why he played this at this point in the music, you know, it’s just sort of on automatic most of the time.”
From the University of Vermont’s Bailey/Howe Library (Click here for link):
Music was an important force in the life and work of Jean Michel Basquiat. He was an active participant in the hip hop/graffiti movement of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and in the intersecting downtown New York art rock scene that made its headquarters at the Mudd Club.