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They illustrate the words of Lou Reed, David Bowie, Johnny Cash and many more icons of music, bringing a new dimension to these audio interviews. Check ’em out and enjoy!

LOU REED
“What I wanted to do is write rock and roll that you could listen to as you get older. You wouldn’t lose anything, it would be timeless, y’know, on the subject matter and the literacy of the lyrics. (…) I know this sounds pretentious by all the other stuff wouldn’t come up to our ankles. (…) I never liked the Beatles, I thought they were garbage.”

 

DAVID BOWIE
1988 interview
“An audience appreciation is only gonna be periodic at the best of times. You’ll fall in and out of focal continuously. I dont think it’s something you should be looking for. I think you should turn out at the end of the day and think “I really like that piece of work” or “That piece of work sucked”. Not “Was that popular or wasn’t it not popular”.”

 

LEONARD COHEN
Interview form 1974
On how he wrote The Sisters of Mercy: “I pass these two girls in a doorway, and they invite me to stand in the doorway with them. Of course I did. Some time later we found ourselves inside my little hotel room in Edmonton. The three of us are gonna go to sleep together. Of course I had all sorts of erotic fantasies of what the evening might bring.”

 

JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO
Interviews from 1969-1971
On Love: “I thought it was an abstract thing. When I was singing “All You Need Is Love”, I was talking about something I hadn’t experienced.”

 

BOB DYLAN
From 1962. Bob was 20!
About freak shows: “They want to make you think they don’t feel bad about themselves, and also they want to make you feel sorry for them.”

 

KURT COBAIN
1993 interview
“I had a really good childhood, until the divorce. (…) I desperately wanted to have the classic typical family: mother, father. (…) I’m always in pain, too, which adds to the anger in our music.”

 

TOM WAITS
Interview from 1988
“I think you just write. You don’t try to make sense of it. You just put it down the way you got it. You don’t try to organize it and get meaning to it. The best thing to do is just take pictures of it.”

 

JOHNNY CASH
Interview from 1996
“That’s what it’s all about, sharing and communicating”

 

FRANK ZAPPA
Interview from 1971
On the political consciousness of audience: “It’s superficial. I really believe that. It’s as superficial as their music consciousness.”

 

BEASTIE BOYS
Interview from 1985
“There is a way we talk and it includes profanity, we never thought we would get arrested for it!”

 

JIMI HENDRIX
Final interview, one week before he died, Sept 1970
On destroying guitars: “Everybody should have a room where you could do all your (anger) releases. So my room was a stage.”

 

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.