"We’re human beings and the sun is the sun — how can it be bad for you? I don’t think anything that’s natural can be bad for you"
— Gwyneth Paltrow
"I look at my music the way Steven Spielberg as a director looks at movies. He’s not going to do the same movie over."
— R. Kelly on his forthcoming album “Black Panties”
"I don’t believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously."
— Ray Bradbury
"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."
— Maurice Sendak
"We didn’t write that song to sell f***ing cell phones."
— Levon Helm, on “The Weight” being used in a Cingular ad (he sued the ad agency behind it and eventually lost)
“If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out.” —Levon
"…Should any political party seek to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H.L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a letter to his brother in 1954
"Me and Grady Wilkie would sit in the backseat of my ’36 Chevy and play music. He’d play guitar and I’d play banjo until they’d motion us to come back into the mill. That’s when I finally realized that what I was doing was of interest to other people. They’d stand around and watch us pick. One of them hadn’t heard nothing like that before, and he took his hat off, threw it on the ground and said, ‘Hot damn!’ That’s the only time I’ve run into a guy that when he got excited would throw his hat down and dance on it… That’s hard on a hat."
— Earl Scruggs on the beginnings of his musical career (RIP!)
"The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument"
— Newt Gingrich in a 1989 interview with Mother Jones
"I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
— Nick Cave