Daft Punk collaborator and ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams on his memorably freewheeling 2014 album of the year speech -- touching on sobriety, same-sex marriage and Star Trek. As told to Jem Aswad.
A) “Paul Hahn [Daft Punk’s manager] told me, ‘If we win, the guys would like you to speak for us. You’re good on your feet.’ Right before they announced album of the year, they came and got us out of the 16th row and moved us down to the first row, so I thought that was a good sign.”
B) “I’m 26 years sober now, and I owe it all to the recovery community. I feel great -- I’m 76 and I feel like a really tired 34! In the remarkable archive of my bad behavior and random lost moments: I did 48 Tonight Shows, and I remember six.”