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You can’t beat two guitars, bass, and drums.
– Lou Reed
You can’t beat 2 guitars, bass, and drums.
I’m writing about real things. Real people. Real characters. You have to believe what I write about is true or you wouldn’t pay any attention at all. Sometimes it’s me, or a composite of me and other people. Sometimes it’s not me at all.
I don’t know what goes on in the crowd. I’ve had them show up and throw beer cans at me. I caused riots in most of the major cities.
I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen.
Some even claim that I’m a terror, a dictator and they’re right.
There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.
I don’t believe in dressing up reality. I don’t believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
I think it’s pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.
Music should come crashing out of your speakers and grab you, and the lyrics should challenge whatever preconceived notions that listener has.
I can concentrate on my art.
I love Ornette Coleman. I love Don Cherry. I love the way those guys play.
It’s depressing when you’re still around and your albums are out of print.
I’ve become completely well adjusted to being a cult figure.
That’s why I survived because I still believe I’ve got something to say.
Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat.
How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?
People think that I work out but it’s all t’ai chi.
I don’t know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.
Sound is more than just noise. Ordered sound is music. My life is music.
I’ll tell ya, I’m a genuinely nice guy. I really am. A real nice guy. But I think I’m temperamental.
I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.
I am very emotionally affected by sound. Sounds are the inexplicable… There is a sound you hear in your head, it’s your nerves, or your blood running.
These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible.
I was a product of Andy Warhol’s Factory. All I did was sit there and observe these incredibly talented and creative people who were continually making art, and it was impossible not to be affected by that.
I can create a vibe without saying anything, just by being in the room.
I can’t do anything I want to. I mean, I can’t have my own TV show. I can’t have my own movie. But within my little world, nobody tells me what to put on the albums.
I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music?
I don’t think anybody is anybody else’s moral compass. Maybe listening to my music is not the best idea if you live a very constricted life. Or maybe it is.