Talks About Life and Music in 1966

John Coltrane

John Coltrane is interviewed
by Frank Kofsky for five minutes

In November 1966, John Coltrane gave one of his best interviews to Frank Kofsky.

This five-minute excerpt, recorded just eight months before his death, features Coltrane talking with Kofsky about what music means to him, his sound, his move to the country, Malcolm X, and his hope to make the world a better place.

For those who wonder what John Coltrane’s voice sounded like or wish to hear a bit of his philosophy direct from the source, this excerpt (which is punctuated by brief examples of his recordings) makes for a fascinating listen.

– Scott Yanow