“My sole inspiration is a telephone call from a producer.”
“Musicians talk of nothing but money and jobs. Give me businessmen every time. They really are interested in music and art.” – Jean Sibelius, explaining why he rarely invited musicians to his home.
“Don’t bother to look, I’ve composed all this already.” – Gustav Mahler, to Bruno Walter who had stopped to admire mountain scenery in rural Austria.
“I really don’t know whether any place contains more pianists than Paris, or whether you can find more asses and virtuosos anywhere.”
“I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that have made giant strides in reverse.”
“A ponderous orchestral absurdity.” – Frank Zappa on his rock symphony debuted by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Angus Young (AC/DC)
“I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.”
“There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn’t give a damn what goes on in between.”
“If I didn’t do this well, I just wouldn’t have anything to do…I can’t cook, and I’d be a terrible housewife.”
“After I saw Jimmy [Hendrix] play, I just went home and wondered what the f*** I was going to do with my life.”
“I never had much interest in the piano until I realized that every time I played, a girl would appear on the piano bench to my left and another to my right.”