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Born: 1950-01-09
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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You try things on in life. You wear them for a while, and you see what's next.

Tags: Life, Try, While

I think we as a band, as individuals, understand that all popular music stems from blues and jazz and even pop, but rock 'n' roll especially comes from blues.

Tags: Music, Rock, Understand

I'm compelled to paint nearly every day. I just felt like making a painting, went out and bought paints and a canvas. Now it fulfills me creatively when I'm not doing music: it's something you can do by yourself and it's totally yours. It's a great adjunct to my life.

Tags: Great, Life, Music

In the late '70s, I had a band - the David Johansen band, for lack of a better name - and I started collecting, not records, but tapes from people I knew who had jump-blues records.

Tags: Band, Knew, Started

Sometimes I've found that by getting into a certain drag, or a certain feeling, you can cast off your mortal coil and really do something. I don't know if it's important, but it's something. It's entertainment.

Tags: Feeling, Off, Sometimes

The stuff that I dig, it's usually got a soulful component to it. A singer that I really like. I might not understand the language that they're singing in, but I'm really communing with this person.

Tags: Language, Might, Understand

You know when you read that someone has to leave a show or a tour because they had 'nervous exhaustion'? Well, I had one of those and discovered that I was quite close to death. I always assumed that my lifestyle was going to take me at an early age, but when it was actually occurring I was, 'Not yet!' I pulled back.

Tags: Age, Death, Someone

You know, when you're making a record, you come up with 15, 20 songs. Then they start to fall by the wayside as your interest wanes. It's kind of like a process of elimination to determine which songs wind up on the record.

Tags: Making, Start, Wind

I've been around the block a couple of times, and the guy I am now is the guy I like to be.

Tags: Couple, Guy, Times

I still do a lot of shows with Brian Koonin, but we haven't had a full band lately.

Tags: Band, Full, Shows

When you're a kid, you have this feeling like you're indestructible. Your mortality doesn't even occur to you. But as time goes by, you realize, 'I better cut this out or that out if I want to continue to exist.'

Tags: Feeling, Realize, Time

As I recall, my life as a child was so all-consuming that I barely had time to consider the future.

Tags: Future, Life, Time

Everything I've done I've just fallen into.

Tags: Done, Fallen

I don't know why I'm alive but I know there's a reason for it.

Tags: Alive, Reason, Why

I don't really like to sit around the house listening to my own records. They're not that good.

Tags: Good, House, Listening

I got arrested once on stage in Memphis for looking too much like Liza Minnelli.

Tags: Looking, Once, Stage

I listen to a lot of different kinds of music.

Tags: Kinds, Listen, Music

I mean, if you asked me what I'm going to be doing when I'm 85, I'd make a quick picture in my mind and, well, I'll be singing.

Tags: Mean, Mind, Picture

I'm afraid of me.

Tags: Afraid

I'm doing exactly what I want to do, and I'm having fun doing it.

Tags: Exactly, Fun

I'm not impersonating anybody. I'm perfectly satisfied with what I am.

Tags: Anybody, Perfectly, Satisfied

I've been tired since I was 15.

Tags: Since, Tired

It's really a drag to do the same project over and over again.

Tags: Again, Drag, Project

Most bands are commercial enterprises. But I'm not in one of those bands.

Tags: Bands, Commercial

Music is my love and to me acting is more mercenary. I don't pound the pavements for roles: if it happens, it happens. I hate that auditioning thing.

Tags: Hate, Love, Music

My father was a Norwegian tenor and my mother a New York Irish librarian.

Tags: Father, Irish, Mother
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Playing music is the best thing in the world. It makes show business almost bearable.

Tags: Best, Business, Music

Sometimes when I hear my voice on tape, I'm like, 'Who is that horrible man?'

Tags: Hear, Sometimes, Voice

The first Latin music that blew my mind was bumba, which was a Puerto Rican beat.

Tags: Beat, Mind, Music

Until I was six years old we lived in the projects, then my two brothers and three sisters and I moved to a three-bed that my mother's father built.

Tags: Father, Mother, Old

We thought that's the way you were supposed to be if you were in a rock 'n' roll band. Flamboyant.

Tags: Band, Rock, Thought

When I was a kid, I had some Charles Lloyd records.

Tags: Charles, Kid, Records

When I'm sleeping I do a lot of living.

Tags: Living, Sleeping
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