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Born: 1960-01-04
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Peter was sick of being a pop star, the guitar god, and so he decided to teach himself other instruments. Among the instruments that he picked up was the mandolin.

Tags: God, Guitar, Sick

So, we just kind of created our own thing and that's part of the beauty of Athens: is that it's so off the map and there's no way you could ever be the East Village or an L.A. scene or a San Francisco scene, that it just became its own thing.

Tags: Beauty, Off, Scene

So, we went from being an Athens band to being a Georgia band to being a Southern band to being an American band from the East Coast to being an American band and now we're kind of an international phenomenon.

Tags: American, Band, East

So, when you divide the world into music lovers, music fans and then those people who are just very casual about their music, it's wallpaper to them, it's elevator music, it's just the thing that's playing in the background that helps them through their day.

Tags: Lovers, Music, Playing

There was a point in the '80s when I looked out at my audience and I saw people that - were I not on the stage - they'd sooner slug me as they walked by me on the sidewalk. And I realized that I was way beyond the choir.

Tags: Audience, Point, Stage

We made part of the record in Miami, and I would go down to the beach, and not 20 feet from the water I see a fish that is at least seven feet long swimming close to the shore. I did not go back in the ocean the entire month.

Tags: Fish, Ocean, Water

We toured that record for a year, which turned out to be the culmination of ten years of being constantly on the road. We were sick to death of touring.

Tags: Death, Sick, Year

We're absolutely American and distinctly so, I think. That's part of what people respond to outside of this country, part of the reason that we're such a huge band outside of the U.S., where we're not so popular now as we were 10 or 12 years ago.

Tags: American, Country, Reason

My feeling is that labels are for canned food... I am what I am - and I know what I am.

Tags: Feeling, Food, Labels

I'm not homosexual, I'm not hetrosexual, I'm just sexual.

Tags: Homosexual, Sexual

I really wanted to be on Six Feet Under as a corpse. That would be hysterical.

Tags: Feet, Six, Wanted

I've always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food.

Tags: Age, Felt, Food

Super casual music listeners. That's most of the people in the world. And you have to understand, that's why Top 40 radio exists. It's not there for people who seek out music and who love music.

Tags: Love, Music, Understand

I went through a period where I was really tired of seeing and reading about myself.

Tags: Reading, Seeing, Tired

If you disagree with me, fine! Because that's the great thing about America, we can disagree!

Tags: America, Fine, Great

Never eat broccoli when there are cameras around.

Tags: Broccoli, Cameras, Eat

But we're very much an American band and that's that. I think that's part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of the reason people turned away from us within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.

Tags: Away, Country, Reason

There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian, and then I think there are a lot of people who are kind of some percentage or some version of that.

Tags: Gay, Lesbian, Themselves

And I don't expect anyone can bring about a revolution in the way that Bob Dylan did - and really didn't - in the 1960s.

Tags: Anyone, Expect, Revolution

I think there were early critics who wanted us to change the world because the Sex Pistols failed.

Tags: Change, Sex, Wanted

I'm just not that fascinating a person to have had all those lives that I've written about.

Tags: Lives, Written

I'm tired of being this solemn poet of the masses, the enigma shrouded in a mystery.

Tags: Mystery, Poet, Tired

If I'm tired of me, I'm sure the public is as well.

Tags: Public, Sure, Tired
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My iPod that was programmed by Peter Buck. It has 7,000 songs hand-picked for me by him.

Tags: Buck, Him, Songs

Sometimes before we make a record I go back and listen to a few. It's equally humbling and uplifting.

Tags: Few, Music, Sometimes

There was never a golden era of American radio as far as I can tell.

Tags: American, Far, Tell

They always want me to play myself and that's a big snooze.

Tags: Big

When I get really hammered I take my clothes off. That's a sure sign. It's been a long time since the last time I did that. Probably a year.

Tags: Last, Off, Time

When we first started, we were a band from Athens and that was so off the map.

Tags: Band, Off, Started

When you meet a stranger, look at his shoes. Keep your money in your shoes.

Tags: Keep, Money, Shoes

Because the casual music listeners are the ones who turn on the radio and they don't really care what's playing, they just know that they kinda like it or it's easy to drive to or it's easy to sing along to or whatever.

Tags: Care, Easy, Music

But I think the one thing that I can say about us is that we're very consistent about certain things and part of that is our desire to do the very best work that we can and not rest on our laurels, or not allow formula to come into what we do.

Tags: Best, Desire, Work

On planes I always cry. Something about altitude, the lack of oxygen and the bad movies. I cried over a St. Bernard movie once on a plane. That was really embarrassing.

Tags: Bad, Movies, Once
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