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Sep 15 2014


For the past year, I’ve been listening to interviews with some of the most fascinating musicians to have ever lived. It’s one of the coolest jobs ever. Often, whenever someone says something particularly witty or interesting, I’ll jot it down. Here are a handful of my favorite quotes…

“I’m not a pop star. I’m not a celebrity. I’m not the flavor of the week. I’m a musician, and this is what I really want to do.” – Steve Miller

“The most dangerous and provocative thing that I’m speaking about is the idea of being yourself.” – Marilyn Manson

“Funk’s forever. Time will be ending before funk.” – George Clinton

“If you begin to think that you’ve got it all and you know it all, then that’s when you stop learning.” – Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company and Free)

“One time Nirvana was rehearsing and my dad walked in the room and said, ‘You guys should trade in those guitars for shovels.'” – Krist Novoselic (of Nirvana and Sweet 75)

“I think we’re all unemployable at this point. We do okay, though.” – Bono (of U2)

“I’m constantly trying to disassemble the notion of what I’m supposed to be.” – Beck

“Music is music. The idea is to get it out and play for people.” – Mickey Hart (of the Grateful Dead)

“People are going to always try to pull you down from the tree you’re climbing.” – Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith)

“Sure, we wanted the parents to hate us. That was the idea.” – Alice Cooper

“I’m working on it. I’m trying to get over it. I’m trying to get over my fear of being a vocalist.” – Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters, Nirvana)

“I make all my decisions completely from the gut.” – Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac)

“There’s no age limit on art.” – Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates)

“As an artist, I never really knew how to be offstage.” – Elton John

“I’m the drunk who won the lottery.” – David Lee Roth (of Van Halen)

“I’m proud of myself sometimes. But a lot of times I get up and think, ‘That isn’t good enough. Why am I doing this? Why should people listen to this rather than anything else?'” – Brian May (of Queen)

“Nonviolence doesn’t mean non-action.” – Adam Yauch (of Beastie Boys)

“If I died today, I could honestly say that I’ve been severely overpaid and grossly underworked.” – Dave Mustaine (of Megadeth)

“Death wouldn’t stop us.” – Ozzy Osbourne (of Black Sabbath)

“If you can’t pull it off live, what are you bothering for?” – Joey Ramone (of the Ramones)

“I’ve probably spent more time singing than talking to people.” – Imogen Heap

“You can’t ever say that you’ve made it because you’ve never made it.” – Dolly Parton

“As long as I’m jamming, I’m fine.” – Slash (of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver)

“All the best riffs come by accident.” – Dave Davies (of The Kinks)

“Bands are very strange creatures.” – Ian Paice (of Deep Purple)