Fair & Just Questionnaire: Mitch Ryder

Legendary rocker Mitch Ryder and Geoffrey Fieger are old friends, and Ryder can often be seen – and heard – performing at Fieger Law functions. In the 1960s, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels topped the charts with hits like “Devil With a Blue Dress On” and “Sock It To Me-Baby.” Ryder recently celebrated the release of his biography, It Was All Right: Mitch Ryderʼs Life in Music, by James A. Mitchell. Here, the South Lyon musician opens up about his wife’s kitchen, his greatest regret and his desire to be like Ichabod Crane.

What is your favorite color?

Varieties of green.

What is your favorite song?

I love all music.

What is your favorite restaurant?

Megan’s kitchen.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?

Anyone who can carry their Detroit heritage to a national level.

Where is your favorite place to be?

On stage.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Peace and love.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Bessie Smith.

Which living person do you most admire?

At the moment President Obama.

Which trait in yourself do you most deplore?

Too trusting.

What trait do you most deplore in others?

The American version of hypocrisy.

What’s your greatest extravagance?


What is your favorite journey?

Growing as an artist and a human being.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Pleasure from wealth.

On what occasion do you lie?

When the least harm is done.

Which living person do you most dislike?

I’ve misplaced the list.

What is your greatest regret?

My first divorce.

When & where were you the happiest?

Right here, right now.

Which talent would you most like to have?

The talent of forgiving compassion.

What is your current state of mind?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would like to replace my head with a pumpkin.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

The courage to live.

What is your most treasured possession?

Every breath I take.

Where would you most like to live?

Michigan summer; somewhere warm in the winter.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My talent.

What do you most value in your friends?

Friendship, true honest friendship.

Who are your favorite writers?

Sartre, Clemens, Nicholas, and Frost.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

The Harry Truman biographies.

Who is your hero in real life?


How would you like to die?

On stage.

If you were a speech part, what would you be?


If you were a car, what kind would you be?


If you were food, what kind would you be?

No less than warm.

If you were an animal, what kind would you be?

A pup or kitten

If you were fine art, what form would you take?

Oil revisionist dada.

What’s your motto?

Keep moving forward.

What’s your favorite quote about the law?

Justice has a price.


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