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Lorde

“With pop music and pop musicians, you know everything about everyone all the time, particularly their physical appearance. With female musicians, that’s made a big thing of, and I think people, certainly with me, have appreciated a bit of mystery.”

Lorde

Steve Van Zandt

“Half of the modern world goes back as far as Pearl Jam. The real historians go back to U2. But they need to go back further. They have to go back to the ’50s and ’60s, where things started. That’s how you get to be your own personality, by studying the masters. Rock and roll was white kids trying to make black music and failing, gloriously!”

Steven Van Zandt

Kid Rock

“I know a lot of people who are struggling musicians; it’s a hard life, and I’ve risked being that. The rewards are tremendous now that I’ve made it, I thank God every day. But I put it all on the line for it.”

Kid Rock

Elton John

“I think performers are all show-offs anyway, especially musicians. Unless you show off, you’re not going to get noticed.”

Elton John

Zakk Wylde

You’ve got certain guys that just want to be famous and then you’ve got the real musicians that just love playing music.”

Zakk Wylde

Queen Latifah

“There were musicians that influenced me, but they weren’t all women. Teena Marie was a big influence because she wrote and produced her own music, which let me know that women could write and produce their own music, which was an empowering moment for me.”

Queen Latifah

Billy Joel

“Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm – walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers.”

Billy Joel

Duke Ellington

“The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.”

Duke Ellington

There’s a Lotta Stratocasters in this World

eJS700e      eNC700

JT 700a      eJR700

 

Eddie Van Halen

“It’s funny, when bands or younger musicians ask me: ‘So, what does it take to make it?’ Well, first explain to me what you mean by ‘making it’: Do you want to be a rock star or do you want music to be your livelihood?”

Eddie Van Halen

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