Under the Hood: Eric Burdon on Alexis Korner

At the beginning of World War 2, the Jewish-Greek Korner family fled Austria to London. During a German air raid, the teenage Alexis Korner found himself listening to a record by a black piano player, Jimmy Yancey. He later said, “From then on, all I wanted to do was play the blues.” In 1961 Alexis formed a band, Blues Incorporated. Everybody passed through that band. Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger. Rod Stewart… just everybody. Eric Burdon remembers.

“Alexis was an intellectual, a lover of music, and had enough respect to speak out and say that he believed in what the Rolling Stones were doing. And he saw that this was going to become a major international youth movement. And which ultimately, at its finest, rock & roll music became an international peace movement without any planning, it just happened.” – Eric Burdon