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" It's depressing when you're still around and your albums are out of print. "
" I'll tell ya, I'm a genuinely nice guy. I really am. A real nice guy. But I think I'm temperamental. "
" I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother. "
" Take a walk on the wild side. "
" How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality? "
" You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it. "
" I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future. "
" But I'm also talented and I know when I created something great and Perfect Night is something great, no doubt, no but. "
" I'm in this business for too long to be halfhearted about anything. "
" My God is rock'n'roll. "
" 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. "
" Some even claim that I'm a terror, a dictator and they're right. "
" The first generation of CDs sounded terrible. Any chance to remaster would make the music sound better than what was already out there. "
" Sound is more than just noise. Ordered sound is music. My life is music. "
" I am very emotionally affected by sound. Sounds are the inexplicable... There is a sound you hear in your head, it's your nerves, or your blood running. "
" One of my rules is: Never listen to your old stuff. "
" There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time. "
" I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen. "
" Me, I've concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things. "
" I'm writing about real things. Real people. Real characters. You have to believe what I write about is true or you wouldn't pay any attention at all. Sometimes it's me, or a composite of me and other people. Sometimes it's not me at all. "
" I was a product of Andy Warhol's Factory. All I did was sit there and observe these incredibly talented and creative people who were continually making art, and it was impossible not to be affected by that. "
" I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music. "
" Meditation doesn't have to be complicated. What I do is about as simple as you can get. You could just count the beads, one, two, three, with your eyes closed or open, whatever makes you happy. "
" 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. "
" When I was in college, I had a jazz radio show. I called it 'Excursion on a Wobbly Rail,' after a Cecil Taylor song. I used to run around the Village following Ornette Coleman wherever he played. "
" I can concentrate on my art. "
" I don't know anyone actually who does care what a critic says. "
" For a while, I felt a little self-impelled to write Lou Reed Kind of songs. I should have understood that a Lou Reed song was anything I wanted to write about. "
" 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. "
" I have no control over the audience. I have no idea what they think. My heart's pure. I can't do anything. I really can't do anything. I don't know what goes on in the crowd. "
" Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat. "