A Fireside Chat with Milford Graves
MG: I have never played in California. Business wise, I look to be treated with respect. As I get older, I am really adamant on that. When I play, I go all out. I expend a lot of energy. If the band doesn't get a certain amount, I just don't bother. That is why I don't function a lot because I won't be treated a certain way and a lot of musicians don't want to be treated that way, but then they allow themselves to be treated like that. If you don't like something, don't do it. I am not going on the bandstand angry because a promoter is not paying me enough because the people suffer. You are not playing what you could play.