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Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, May 1998

"WE WERE POOR, BUT WE WERE happy," Paul Rodgers wryly intones. He is the son of a Middlesbrough docker, his mother a housewife who tended the needs of seven children. "When I was 12 my old man bought me a guitar. I joined a band at school and we rehearsed in a mate’s kitchen with pots and pans for drums."

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