Graham Greene, on the importance of ‘Flight of the Rat’

“I was nearly fifteen when rock and roll arrived in my life, and I remember the moment clearly. I had done my time in boarding school and was living with my mother who had moved down to Perth while I completed my high schooling. We had a pool table and record player in the garage, and I was out there one evening, just knocking a few pool balls around. I saw three albums on the bench next to the record player, and decided to put one on for some background noise while I played. The albums were Slade Alive, Master Of Reality by Sabbath and Deep Purple In Rock.

I recognised the Mount Rushmore reference on the cover of ‘In Rock’, so put it on and turned back to the pool table, not knowing what was about to come out of the speakers. ‘Flight Of The Rat’ started playing and something happened, right at that moment. I don’t know if the hormone fairy chose that second to arrive, or some synapse clicked into place, but I felt something I’d never felt before, and I had no idea what it was. The pool cue became a six-string, and I’ve been a guitar nerd ever since.”

Guitarist Graham Greene, in an interview with Rock And Roll

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