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Born: 1942-03-02
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I love Ornette Coleman. I love Don Cherry. I love the way those guys play.

Tags: Cherry, Guys, Love

I'm a humanist.

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I'm in this business for too long to be halfhearted about anything.

Tags: Business

I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally, trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has been a very big thing for me.

Tags: Big, Said, Trying

I'm too old to do things by half.

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If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.

Tags: Chords, Jazz, Three

It's depressing when you're still around and your albums are out of print.

Tags: Albums, Depressing, Print

Me, I've concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things.

Tags: Exclusion, Music, Pretty

Music was what bothered me, what interested me.

Tags: Bothered, Interested, Music

One of my rules is: Never listen to your old stuff.

Tags: Old, Rules, Stuff

People think that I work out but it's all t'ai chi.

Tags: Ai, Chi, Work

Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat.

Tags: Energy, Night, Perfect

Some even claim that I'm a terror, a dictator and they're right.

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Take a walk on the wild side.

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That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say.

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The first generation of CDs sounded terrible. Any chance to remaster would make the music sound better than what was already out there.

Tags: Chance, Generation, Music

The music business doesn't interest me anymore.

Tags: Business, Interest, Music

The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music?

Tags: Die, Music, Why

There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.

Tags: Bit, Loss, Magic

There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time.

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These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible.

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When I record an album I'm trying to get as close as possible to that perfect moment.

Tags: Moment, Perfect, Trying

You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it.

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You can't beat 2 guitars, bass, and drums.

Tags: Bass, Beat, Drums

You're a musician: You play. That's what you do.

Tags: Musician

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.

Tags: Mean, Put, Show
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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.

Tags: Best, Life, Music

In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound - whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle.

Tags: Perfect, Rock, Whatever

Raymond Chandler managed to write about L.A. his whole career. Should I keep going writing about New York? Is that what I should be doing? Songwriting doesn't work that way.

Tags: Career, Work, Writing

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.

Tags: Fine, Jazz, Three

I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.

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I think it's pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego.

Tags: Art, Create, Ego

I don't think I'm in any position to call myself a martial artist. I'm a student of the martial arts.

Tags: Artist, Call, Student

Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.

Tags: Life, Pony, Read

I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.

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I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future.

Tags: Future, Life, Past

My God is rock'n'roll.

Tags: God, Rock, Roll

I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.

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How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality?

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I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.

Tags: Makeup, Reality, Using

Perfect Night is minimalistic and that's what makes it so forceful.

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The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.

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I cleaned up my act because otherwise I would have kicked the bucket.

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I tried to give up drugs by drinking.

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I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.

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I don't mind a repetitive chorus; I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it's the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?

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But I'm also talented and I know when I created something great and Perfect Night is something great, no doubt, no but.

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I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music.

Tags: Music, Put, Thought

I can concentrate on my art.

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I don't know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.

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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.

Tags: Beer, Goes, Show

I don't like overdubs, never liked them.

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I don't like the word rock opera, but I'm trying to write on that level that's reserved for plays still, or novels.

Tags: Rock, Trying, Write

I don't really think about what the subject of my next album will be. I just know that I'm going to make another album.

Tags: Another, Next, Subject

Any fool can say he is wise but only someone wise can admit he is a fool.

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Not really interested in covering other bands songs to be honest.

Tags: Honest, Interested, Songs