Quotes by Famous Musicians

I’ve always loved these little words of wisdom, and here are a few of my favorites. Feel free to reply with some of yours!

  • Frank Zappa

“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”

“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”

“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”

Interviewer: “So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?”
FZ: “You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?”

  • Miles Davis

“Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent.”

  • Keith Richards

“If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”

“The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.”

“Let me be clear about this. I don’t have a drug problem. I have a police problem.”

“Some doctor told me I had six months to live. I wound up going to his funeral.”

  • Claude Debussy (French composer)

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them.”

  • Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)

“The ocean scares me.”

  • Elmo Karjalainen (“Age of Heroes” CD cover warning sticker)

“This record contains plenty of guitar, no Auto Tune and no rap. Thus it is totally unsuitable for radio play, or anything else.”

  • Jon Bon Jovi

“I could never quite understand cocaine, you can’t get a hard on, you can’t sleep and you grind your teeth, what the fuck is good about that?”

  • Steven Tyler (Aerosmith)

“We believed that anything that was worth doing, was worth overdoing.”

  • Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)

“A kid once said to me ‘Do you get hangovers?’. I said, ‘To get hangovers, you have to stop drinking.'”

“If you think you’re too old to Rock and Roll, then you are.”

  • Neal Schon (Journey)

“The only thing I use Rolling Stone magazine for is toilet paper when I run out.”

  • Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)

“KISS is like a smell in a paper bag, they just never go away.”

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