It’s a sad man my friend who’s livin’ in his own skin and can’t stand the company.
You can’t have a United States if you are telling some folks that they can’t get on the train. There is a cracking point where a society collapses.
Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought of purpose and of action over a long period of time.
I think politics come out of psychology.
Plus you know when I was young there was a lot of respect for clowning in rock music – look at Little Richard. It was a part of the whole thing and I always also believed that it released the audience.
I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.
The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
For me I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn’t do very well in school. The basic system of education I didn’t fit in my intelligence was elsewhere.
My image had always been very heterosexual very straight. So it was a nice experience for me a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
Blind faith in your leaders or in anything will get you killed.