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INSTANT CLASSIC: STEVE MILLER’S SCATHING CRITIQUE OF THE BIZ

Steve Miller generated headlines over the weekend when he ripped the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a variety of alleged sins from backstage at Barclays Center Friday night during his induction. Turns out he was just getting warmed up.

Interviewed by David Browne for Rolling Stone later in the evening, Miller came off as a chronic curmudgeon on the order of Lou Reed and Van Morrison—as those who’ve attempted to interview him during the last five decades know full well.

Early in the conversation, he shifted his focus from the Rock Hall to the nature of Browne’s questions, snarling, “If you're an investigative reporter, get fucking busy. K? Got enough?”

When asked whether he thinks about recording any new albums? Miller replied, “No. I don't think about it at all. There is no record business. I record a lot of things. There is no record business. There's no reason for me to spend any money producing stuff that a record company... All the people that were sitting in the front row tonight, like the guy that came from my record company, I wanted to pull him by his necktie and kick him in the nuts.”

The follow-up query “Really?” got Miller even more revved up.

“Yeah,” he answered. “He's made a billion dollars off my work over the last 50 years, and the motherfucker just came over and introduced himself tonight. That cheery little thing. You know he won't do any contract work, he won't clean anything up, he won't get anything done.

“This whole industry fucking sucks, and this little get-together you guys have here is like a private boys' club and it's a bunch of jackasses and jerks and fucking gangsters and crooks who've fucking stolen everything from a fucking artist. Telling the artist to come out here and tap dance.”

The Joker wasn't kidding around. His diatribe continues here.

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