Quincy Jones bristles at accusations he sold out when he moved from jazz to pop music.
"People young and old try to minimize you by saying, "Well, Quincy's strongest suit is that he's got a strong telephone book,' " said Jones, who in a half-century career has played, arranged and produced music with some of pop's biggest names.
But he has paid his dues as a jazz trumpeter and a music arranger.
Jones relates some of his history in the new book "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones." He says it was hard to write about his dysfunctional family and mentally ill mother.
"I've never looked back in my life. I don't want to see that stuff," Jones told the Los Angeles Times for Sunday's editions. "I had blanked out a lot of stuff . . . putting my mother in a straitjacket, my father holding her down, screaming."
Music "was a home and a mother I could depend on," Jones said. "I never felt at home in my home. It was pitiful."