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" A writer without a pen would be like a duck without water! "
" I was a virtuoso of all the folk-blues guitar styles by the time I reached 17. "
" Poets have a sense of place. My place was London, and I sang about it. "
" I have to say, post-fame was difficult because it wasn't just fame: it was super-fame of a kind that few have. It was attached to a generation's dreams, and my own personal dreams were mixed up in it, too. "
" When the mid-'70s came around, it looked like, 'Oh-oh, here come the punks.' But if you look closely at The Who and The Kinks, the anger and the frustration is there... There is, within me, just the same social discontent as I go through my career. But to be typecast as a singer of peace and love is fine. "
" I learned that if you wait long enough, you just grow older. "
" I absorbed the vinyl of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Jack Elliott, to Michael McClure and then into the Beat poets, Allen Ginsberg. At campus, we were absorbing that stuff. We looked to America. "
" I feel strongly that having a disability in one area makes you explore others instead. "
" My father brought me up to be a socialist. "
" Actually, I'm the Scottish Woody Guthrie. "
" I first met Linda Lawrence in March 1965 in the green room of 'Ready Steady Go!,' the British pop TV show. Linda was a friend of one of the co-hosts. She had an art-school vibe, and after a brief conversation, I asked her to dance to a soul record playing. As we jazz danced, I fell in love. "
" Part of being a pop star is image. I'm told by many of my female fans that I was the poster on their bedroom walls. But if I only had that - the image and the beauty and the curly locks - I would have been a 'normal' pop star, one who comes and goes after one hit record. "
" I've been vegetarian for many years and only eat fish if I have to. "
" What I needed and actually need is a discipline of tradition, which is lacking in our civilization. Discipline of tradition and the ceremony of humbleness. "
" I sounded like Bob Dylan for about five minutes, and it was blown out of all proportion. "
" In bohemian circles, we were very aware that poetry was missing from popular culture. "
" My particular space has always been quite unique in popular music. I have a background in R&B and hard rock and straight pop, but I never went all the way with any of those genres. "
" I regard myself as an international man, a citizen of the earth. "
" My guitar-playing always included bass lines, melody lines, and rhythm-guitar grooves. "
" I became a recluse many times and enjoyed a private life I didn't have during the '60s. "
" Before, it had been fame, and then super-fame came. And then it became super-super-fame. One loses one's personal life, really; you're recognized everywhere. But I embraced that. "
" Rock and jazz came together in a very powerful way on 'Barabajagal.' "
" I have amassed an enormous amount of songs about every particular condition of humankind - children's songs, marriage songs, death songs, love songs, epic songs, mystical songs, songs of leaving, songs of meeting, songs of wonder. I pretty much have got a song for every occasion. "
" In England, we'd leave school at 15 and go on to a college, and I went to further education in a town called Welling Garden City. I fully immersed myself in bohemia there, which included poetry and modern art, jazz, philosophy, social radicalism. "
" The similarity between my music and The Beatles' music is it has within it a very positive quality. It's woven with humor. "
" I think my legacy is important because my songs - perhaps more than those of any other songwriter I know - cover every movement from 1965 on, socially and artistically. If you want songs about ecology, I've got ecology songs; if you want songs about spirituality, I've got spiritual songs. "
" Songwriting is a burst of inspiration and then a long bit of work and a tremendous bit of desperation. "
" I've exhibited quite a few of my photographs. I expand them digitally till they're very big. It's an art school thing, I suppose. "
" I already had top 10 records before 'Sunshine Superman,' with 'Catch the Wind' and 'Colors,' but this was a real breakthrough for me. It was a consciousness change for songwriting, as people are now saying I initiated the psychedelic revolution with this album, 'Sunshine Superman.' "
" Any nobody from the folk blues world could avoid being influenced by Woody Guthrie, who is actually of Scottish-Irish ancestry. "
" A man always has to leave his homeland, go to another time zone, another culture, to get a different recognition - to be accepted as someone who's following a different path, who's moving into a different mode. "