I never wanted to be part of any scene, I never wanted to be a part of anything, I wanted to do my own thing. Those are the lessons I learned from punk rock.
I'm not interested in constructive criticism, believe me.
By and large musicians are pretty lazy; they don't do a whole lot. They're usually very busy doing nothing.
I was a huge Bowie fan since I was 12 years old. That was the first 'punk' rock I got into in the Seventies. I didn't find out about a lot of the other stuff that was going on, like New York Dolls and Roxy Music, until a lot later.
Now I have never met a group of people who hate music more than professional roadies, and it is clearly obvious that 99.9 percent of them know nothing at all about music. Nothing. I find this to be quite strange, really. It's like someone who works in a bakery knowing nothing about baking.
I'm not a complainer, I'm a doer.
I can't go into Oklahoma without thinking about Larry Clark's photography book 'Tulsa.' It's a great book about how life works.
I don't want to stay underground for just the cool people.
I never solicited a major label and I certainly wouldn't now.
I started playing guitar when I was in my late teens, and within two years I was starting to play shows.
The Who is one of my favorite bands of all time. 'The Who Sell Out' is one of the greatest art-project albums of all time.
To me, traveling by bus is like climbing into a closet and watching 'Das Boot.'
I conquered my stage fright a long time ago. In my line of work, it's kind of a pre-requisite that you not feel bad about looking stupid in front of a lot of people.
I want to travel around the country and make my living playing music. I also try to behave in a way that I would appreciate as a music fan. That's how we conduct ourselves, be it in writing music or playing it live.
I've always had the idea that multi-millionaire rock stars should work harder than anyone because they have the ability to do it. Look at an artist like Andy Warhol. He never stopped working, even after he didn't need to work again.
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