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"i just happen to be here, and it's okay." -caetano veloso


"sing a simple song but keep the swing strong." -de la soul


"think straight, keep a clean plate." -joanna newsom


"keep a clean nose, watch the plain-clothes." -bob dylan


"keep your feet warm, but keep your clothes on." -harry nilsson


"it took me about three or four weeks to toilet train my cat, nightlife. most of the time is spent moving the box very gradually to the bathroom." -charles mingus


"think about something else. was art tatum talented?" - shoot the piano player


"she had a chihuahua named carlos that had some kind of skin disease and was totally blind." -tom waits


"he had a huge room with nothing in it except this huge vast hammond organ, right next door to the police." -david bowie


"he's got a mind like a sewer, and a heart like a fridge" -elvis costello


"you can't hold the hand of a rock 'n' roll man." -joni mitchell


"lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too – beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery" - laurie anderson


"hey there, hey now, well, you can make a pacemaker blink, easy thing, make a man's heart go bibbity bom. -john cale


"i’ve still got things inside me, sad things, happy things, that people don’t know about." -loretta lynn


"to try to maximize the relationship of listening to a record through promotion is like experiencing driving a car by reading about stimulus programs." -bonnie 'prince' billy


"after cheesecake with all of your friends and family, who's gonna front the bill? me... say you want to take first-class trips, well i want to work those first-class hips. yes i do." -r. kelly


"too much cheesecake too soon! old money's better than new" -roxy music


"my mother used to tell me about vibrations. to think that invisible feelings, invisible vibrations existed scared me to death." -brian wilson


"i'm a lunatic, and you are so super cool." - george jones


"i'm an idiot for you." -iggy pop


"i mean every letter in the words in the sentences of my quotes." -lil' wayne


"lyrics choochoo from my mouth like locomotion." - pato banton


"i'm going to boogie my scruples away." -lowell george


"i drive a rolls-royce, cause it's good for my voice." -t.rex


"i'm dealing in rock and roll. i'm not a bonafide human being." -phil spector


"phil approached me with a bottle of kosher red wine in one hand and a .45 in the other, put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the revolver into my neck and said, 'leonard, i love you.' i said, 'i hope you do, phil.'" -leonard cohen


"they’d whisper at each other and look at phil and whisper at each other. finally this lady, tanked, comes over to phil and says, 'alright, sonny, what’s your problem?' and he said, 'premature ejaculation, what’s yours?'" -tom wolfe


"i bite my nails and if that fails i go get myself stoned, but when i do i think of you and head myself back home." -gram parsons


"i would say groucho marx, to name one thing, and willie mays, and the second movement of the jupiter symphony, and louis armstrong’s recording of potatohead blues, swedish movies, naturally. sentimental education by flaubert, marlon brando, frank sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by cézanne, the crabs at sam wo’s, tracy’s face." -woody allen


"where have you been all my life?" -emmylou harris, to my brother tommy


brian eno songs that will make good book titles for my 10-volume memoir, in order: here he comes, baby's on fire, golden hours, brutal ardour, taking tiger mountain, events in dense fog, through hollow lands, some of them are old, everything merges with the night, dead finks don’t talk


ry cooder albums that every man should own: into the purple valley, boomer's story, paradise and lunch


"really, we don't want people twiddling their goatees over our stuff." -radiohead


thelonious monk's middle name: sphere


#1 song on the white album (tie): long long long, happiness is a warm gun


"the only word is love." -john lennon


"i love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. and mother. and god." -johnny cash


"i could even find it in my heart to love mike love." -belle & sebastian


"the moon is clear, the sky is bright, i'm happy as the horse's shite." -the pogues


"i hope that you all out there, young, old, tall, short, fat or thin, quick or slow, no matter what kind or color or shape or person you are, if you like to make music, why, go ahead.” -pete seeger


"chuck berry isn't merely the greatest of the rock and rollers, or rather, there's nothing mere about it. say rather that unless we can somehow recycle the concept of the great artist so that it supports chuck berry as well as it does marcel proust, we might as well trash it." -robert christgau


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#1006: rahsaan roland kirk - the inflated tear (prague, 1967)

"i like charlie mingus and this other cat who plays all the horns, roland kirk… i’d like him to play with us. if people read this they’ll say, ‘that guy must be joking’ but i really think we’re doing the same things. we have different moods and i think some of the moods are on the same level.” - jimi hendrix

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a disturbingly accurate predictive (!) chart by the genius jonathan richman in boston’s vibrations magazine, september 1967

a disturbingly accurate predictive (!) chart by the genius jonathan richman in boston’s vibrations magazine, september 1967

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#889: elizabeth cotten - washington blues & a jig (1969)

ms. cotten was jimi hendrix in a turtleneck, but a finer guitarist. and she would say, “i have a little jig i like to play. i don’t know how it came about. i play, then i ask people to name it. some said, ‘name it the birdcall.’ some said, ‘name it the waterfall,’ and somebody told me yesterday—a little something, i don’t know,” instead of lighting her instrument on fire.

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#325: jimi hendrix - hey joe (1967)

you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a good jimi hendrix music video, and you haven’t seen a good jimi hendrix music video until you’ve seen him playing parts of hey joe at 1967’s monterey international pop music festival with his teeth. it’s not just that his performance is a miracle of modern orthodontics (by the way, if you look closely he was fucking chewing gum at the time), it’s that the music actually sounds spectacular, which is the difference between monterey’s toothy hey joe and fiery wild thing. lastly, his non-mouth playing was good, too.

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the only thing better than listening to jimi hendrix play with his masterful maxillary central incisors is looking at the album covers for his late-60s german import singles.

the only thing better than listening to jimi hendrix play with his masterful maxillary central incisors is looking at the album covers for his late-60s german import singles.

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bubble letters need to make a comeback in a big way.

bubble letters need to make a comeback in a big way.

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album cover #17: jimi hendrix experience electric ladyland. whoa, man, far out.

album cover #17: jimi hendrix experience electric ladyland. whoa, man, far out.

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#104: jimi hendrix - the wind cries mary (1967, stockholm)

he never played a false guitar note, but sometimes jimi hendrix sang silly things, like, “the traffic lights, they turn, uh, blue tomorrow, and shine their emptiness down on my bed.” and sometimes he said downright lies, like when he mutters here, “you can hear happiness.” you can’t hear anything happy in the wind cries mary—it’s the sound of drifting downstream and drowning, drugged on opiates that no one’s heard of.

the fact that john meyer covered this song makes me want to cut my ears off. (actually, er, i used to have his version on my ipod).

either way, the fact that jimi hendrix wrote this song after a fight with his gilrfriend over her cooking—her name was kathy mary etchingham—makes me feel better. and the 33-second guitar solo, airy as oxygen, makes me want to sow my ears back on and gobble some rare hallucinogen that only grows out of molasses that’s been fermenting in a shoofly pie somewhere in the tropics.

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#29: the dirty mac - yer blues (1968)

while the rolling stones were filming a bad tv concert movie called rock and roll circus, john lennon decided to call himself winston legthigh, and he started a one-day band with eric clapton on guitar, keith richards on bass, and jimi hendrix bandmate mitch mitchell on drums. (yoko ono was there too, stage left in a black sack).

"john, i want to talk to you about your new group, the dirty mac, which you’ve got together for tonight’s show," mick jagger says in a creepy american accent. and then comes the best song introduction of all time: "yer blues, john. yer blues, john. yer blues, john.”

the first time i heard this song i went around singing, “sad and lonely! want to die!” until someone asked me to stop. really, this is the beatles’ most furious song—and maybe better than helter skelter.

and! there’s a four-camera version too. trippy.

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