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" It's fair to say that I have a side that is prudent and a side that is not. "
" A lot of young musicians get the money at the wrong time. They get it for something they don't feel great about, and it'll make you feel so bad it'll destroy you and kill you. "
" Basically, I'm a musical vocalist, but I do voiceover stuff as a sideline, like plumbing or something. "
" At university, I had been obsessed with reading about the lives of Rimbaud and Baudelaire, and I was steeped in the crazy poets, and I came to view my early subjects through that prism. "
" Living in England was wonderfully civil and easy-going. "
" Nobody understands me, I'm really sensitive. "
" She looked at me penetratingly. So I suppose you can figure out what happened next. "
" 'Punk rock' is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it. "
" Musical types tend to combine the burden of the author with the burden of the actor. "
" I stare at myself in the mirror and I think, 'Wow, I'm really great-looking.'... I think I'm the greatest, anyway. "
" I became Iggy because I had a sadistic boss at a record store. I'd been in a band called the Iguanas. And when this boss wanted to embarrass and demean me, he'd say, 'Iggy, get me a coffee, light.' "
" I have no idea why a guy would bring a jar of peanut butter to a concert. "
" When punk began to be a genre, people were going to go out and try to mine it. Some of the better groups, like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, were very artificial. "
" I find it hard to focus looking forward. So I look backward. "
" I'm a little bit damaged in about 15 different ways, and it's been nice that no particular damaged area has become a major issue. I'm a more than moderately healthy 65-year-old male who has gotten away with a lot of stuff. "
" I was who I was in high school in accordance with the rules of conduct for a normal person, like obeying your mom and dad. Then I got out of high school and moved out of the house, and I just started, for lack of a better term, running free. "
" What some people would call antics, I would just call a good show. "
" If you give a good performance, something that gets some feeling across to people, that's such a rare gift. It's underestimated at this point in history, when the music biz is inevitably turning into a kind of politics. "
" Well, the stuff that has become more commercial doesn't have any edge. "
" Studios are like hospitals. A lot of people check in, and they don't check out. "
" I try to beat back the producers and engineers so they - there's not an excess of stuff used to squeeze my voice to make it artificial. There's a person in there, and people will listen; if they hear another person speak to them, they'll listen because it's lonely out here. "
" I have a hot memory, but I know I've forgotten many things, too, just squashed things in favor of survival. "
" Miami is nothing like me, and that's why I need to be here - it's the opposite. I'm practical, where this place is moody, I'm stolid in my interior, where this place has a certain flair, and I'm materialistic in a sense that this place is fundamentally spiritual - there's a quicksilver quality about this place. "
" When the 'godfather of punk' thing started floatin' around, it was, I was really, really embarrassed. I thought I should have a great, big rig and a cape and everything, and it was very embarrassing. And then after a while, you learn that if people call you anything, this is a great gift. "
" I was a pretty nice kid. Kind of quiet, but quiet in terms I wasn't going out and setting fire to anything. I had a big mouth and I was creative type, you know. "
" I like music that's more offensive. I like it to sound like nails on a blackboard, get me wild. "
" I'm a travel enthusiast. "
" My general take on American music since 1969 is that it's just getting stiffer and people are getting more uptight - audience, performance, and palace guard. "
" Miami's not anybody's poor cousin. It's an aspiration to live in this town, not something you have to do to promote yourself like some of the larger cities. "
" What did Christ really do? He hung out with hard-drinking fishermen. "
" My parents wanted to light my artistic candle. But over time, the definition of 'the arts' began to stretch. And as I got older, they suddenly realized, Oh, my God, we're the parents of Iggy Pop. "