Baz Luhrmann

In 1977, hip-hop literally wasn’t outside the boroughs. But I was profoundly aware of the city through films like Saturday Night Fever, The French Connection, and Network. I had a friend who visited New York, and I asked him what it was like. He said, “Oh, it’s great. Just wear a coat and don’t look anyone in the eye.”

In this country, particularly, actually in times that are difficult, or from corners of America where you least expect it, unbelievable pure creativity has welled up. Generally because of the cross-fertilization… a Scott Joplin tune becomes jazz, becomes blues, and becomes rock ‘n’ roll.