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10 Amazing Quotes from Musicians Who Have Passed On


Though they may all be six feet underground now, these rockstars have left not just a mark on world of music – they also have some parting wise words that will live on forever.

  1. Chris Cornell
    “To me, music shouldn't be ego-driven. When you go out on stage and play songs, it is. But when you're sitting in a room, writing songs, it's a completely different process. It's a completely different place. It's a creative place, a musical place. It has nothing to do with who likes what."
  2. Prince
    “I don’t really care so much about what people say about me. It is usually a reflection of who they are. For example, if people wish that I would sound the way that I used to sound, it says more about them than it does me.”
  3. David Bowie
    “I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.”
  4. Scott Weiland
    “I see love, like art, as an obsession. Maybe that’s an overly romantic view of human existence, but I’m an overly romantic human being. If love, like rock and roll, doesn’t consume me 24/7, it’s not love. It can be respect, appreciation, admiration, wonderment, it can be a world of glory and a lifetime of peace, but I can’t call it love. Love burns me and confuses me. Love’s a light that can’t be extinguished.”
  5. Kurt Cobain
    “We have this conflict between good and evil and man and woman because there are people doing evil things to other people for no reason, and I just want to beat the shit out of them. That’s the bottom line. All I can do is scream into a microphone instead.”
  6. Jeff Buckley
    “I have no advice for anybody except to, you know, be awake enough to see where you are at any given time and how that is beautiful and has poetry inside, even in places you hate.”
  7. Amy Winehouse
    “Writing is a very natural process for me. I wait for when I’ve been through some horrible thing and there’s nothing I can do but write about it. I follow my heart because otherwise you get so caught up in other people’s opinions. Not that I’m any great authority! I’m a fucking idiot like the rest of the world, but I trust my instincts, and that’s what has got me where I am, y’know?”
  8. John Lennon
    “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.”
  9. Jimi Hendrix
    “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.”
  10. Janis Joplin
    “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.”