"…I don't think that 'first' is important, I think it's that it's the first time for you… I mean, that's what originality is all about, because the first sound made was all the music that's ever gonna be played, that's it, that sound, the first sound made had all the notes that there are, so there's nothing about being the first. But being original has to do with it never having been done this way …"
"I've had guys come up to me… and tell me how they were inventing new horns to get a new sound. But they never said anything about getting some new feeling… I'd ask those people, 'Don't forget the feeling. The music is about feeling.' …You have to think like Coltrane, you know, and just say, 'I'm gonna blow my heart out in this horn – every night.' And that's what music should be about."

~ Sonny Sharrock

"Sweet Butterfingers"

copyright 1994 Margaret Davis, 
U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress, TX 4 O42 425, 12/1/94

Booklet materials compiled by Margaret Davis 

Editing by Dina Elkan and Margaret Davis 
Interview transcripts by Margaret Davis
1994 discography compiled by Margaret Davis
and expanded by 
Charles Blass, Bill Cawley,
& Ben Young 
Layout / design (print version) by Charles Blass,
Margaret Davis, Barbara Frontera, 
Laura Hickey, Andrew Hill, 
Diane Huntzicker, and Kristian Roebling
Production (print version) by Flashback Word Processing 
Web production and design by Andrew Bemkey 
Text production for the Web by Dina Elkan. 

All rights and copyrights in the materials herein are reserved to their original sources; rights and copyrights in the booklet as a whole are reserved to Margaret Davis, (212) 841~O899, http://www.jazznewyork.org, Email musicmargaret@earthlink.net. All material is used by permission, and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited. 

This booklet has been produced by donated work and materials, out of love for Sonny Sharrock, Jasmyn Sharrock, Dannette Hill, and Mary McGuire, for all musicians who played with Sonny and who will play his music in times to come, and for our fellow booklet participants. Special thanks are due to: The Malcolm Morse Foundation; the Peace Brigades, Inc; Kristian Roebling; and Phil Schaap.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Musicians who played with Sonny Sharrock, family members, childhood friends, & all others who feel so moved are invited to submit materials for possible inclusion here (subject to editorial choice).  Articles, stories, poems, art work, & photos are welcome.  Please feel free to use the contact information above!

Here is one wonderful story, submitted by Angelo Falanga (AngeloFalanga@hotmail.com):

"I took musician Frank Stokes to your site to see the Sonny Sharrock on-line book. Frank had told me about an accident he had back before I met him that left him deaf in one ear. Frank spoke of this with great feeling, how he went to see Sonny Sharrock at The Knitting Factory, taking a seat directly in front of Mr. Sharrock, literally at his feet and directly in front of Mr. Sharrock's amps. After the show Frank could hear again, and his ear hasn't troubled him since. Frank said, 'He fixed my ear, and then it was like all of a sudden he was gone.'"