With Napster and the sharing of music of course there are going to be people who exploit it. Greed has no end. But there’s a lot of good that could happen. We shouldn’t let the economic concerns of the major labels infringe on our freedom to share music.

Ian MacKaye Freedom Quote

My focus is always on the day. What I’ve done behind me I try to have respect for it and keep an eye on it and make sure it isn’t abused and obviously be thoughtful about it because it’s all real to me. I’m basically in every band I ever was in and the songs I still mean them all.

Ian MacKaye Respect Quote

Music is a language and different people who come along are each using that language to do something different but all coming at it in a similar vein inasmuch as it’s always community based and for the most part nonprofit. Most bands don’t ever come within a mile of profit – clearly these people are not playing music to make money.

Ian MacKaye Music Quote

Major labels didn’t start showing up really until they smelled money and that’s all they’re ever going to be attracted to is money-that’s the business they’re in- making money.

Ian MacKaye Business Quote

I’m really anti-option so computers have been my nightmare with recording. I don’t want endless tracks I want less tracks. I want decisions to be made.

Ian MacKaye Computers Quote

I’m not a religious person and I’m not too interested in being a part of a religion but I do like having some sort of communal gathering and having some sense of peoples.

Ian MacKaye Religion Quote

I’m always happy when I hear about people selling records or selling books or selling movies. It makes me proud of them.

Ian MacKaye Movies Quote

I do feel like I have always in my life been inclined to be on the outside walk a different path or something. Because of that and increasingly over the years my sense of distance from mainstream society or from the way culture works I have a different kind of perception of it.

There are many things that people do happily that I can’t imagine why they would do it… But I have to say that even though I am critical or judgmental of society at large I’m not critical of people individually. We are who we are.

Ian MacKaye Society Quotes

I don’t dismiss the music that I was involved with I don’t think it was a joke I don’t think it was funny or a phase I don’t think it was just something I was doing back then to me it was who I am. It connects all the way through. I don’t distance myself from any of it.

I think sometimes my humor is extremely dry and a lot of times I would say things that I thought were very funny but… I have a reputation of – people think of me as a very fundamentalist humorless fellow.

Ian MacKaye Funny Quotes