Quotations About / On: MUSIC
If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 70, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed aroundthe music and the ideas.
(Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Guardian (London, Feb. 13, 1992).)
Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud.
(Maurice Blanchot (b. 1907), French literary theorist, author. repr. In The Gaze of Orpheus, and Other Literary Essays, ed. P. Adams Sitney (1981). "Reading," The Space of Literature (1955).)
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).)
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
(Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).)
I hear noises which others don't hear and which disturb for me the music of the spheres, which others don't hear either.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1994), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).)
Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture.
(Scott Joplin (1868-1917), U.S. pianist, composer. The School of Ragtime, preface (1908).)
Music is a good thing; and after all that soul-butter and hogwash, I never see it freshen up things so, and sound so honest and bully.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Huck, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch. 25 (1885).)
Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.
(Bruce Dickinson (b. 1958), British rock guitarist. Guardian (London, Jan. 10, 1991).)