"Aesthetically, we were enormously successful. Economically... there was no success. It was all about music of the future and unfortunately it was a band that didn't have any future." - Wayne Kramer of the MC5
"Saturday night is your big night. Everybody used to fry up fish and have one hell of a time. Find me playing till sunrise for 50 cents and a sandwich. And be glad of it." - Muddy Waters, born this day in 1913.
"Patriotism can be good or bad. Knee-jerk patriotism can be very bad. I'm patriotic almost to the point of self-consciousness, but I love my country the way I love a friend or a child who I would correct if she was going the wrong way." - Emmylou Harris, born this day in 1947.
"We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right. I think it would be a far greater world if people were kinder and more respectful to each other." - Aretha Franklin, born this day in 1942.
"People have learned how to strum a guitar, but they don't have the soul. They don't feel it from the heart. It hurts me. I'm killin' myself to tell them how it is." - Lightnin' Hopkins, born this day in 1912.