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The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand.
by Alan Lomax

The British ballads became a new kind of form in their hand.
And out of them came the blues, a new kind of song
of commentary and satire,
a song form which, after all, has become the main musical
form of the whole human species.
- Alan Lomax

And the thing that I always tried to do with important
singers when I met them was to sit down and record everything they knew,
give them a first real run-through of their art.
- Alan Lomax

I knew Bobby Dylan back in the days when he lived in the village.
He used to come and see me and sing songs for me,
saying they ought to go into my next collected book on American folk music.
- Alan Lomax

He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs,
his country songs, that they were great songs.
And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found,
and he found a tremendous reaction to that.
- Alan Lomax

 

You could hear him, literally, half a mile away when he opened up.
He was at his peak then.
He was, naturally, dying to get out of the place he was in,
and he recorded for us his appeal for pardon to the governor.
- Alan Lomax

Sitting down to a meal with an Indian family is different
from sitting down to a meal with a British family.
- Roland Joffe

If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country
it is by reversing that policy which made us simply
the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
- Eamon de Valera

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The British Constitution has always been puzzling and always will be.
- Queen Elizabeth II

I don't think the British carry a historical consciousness either.
- Tom Paulin

My parents are Italian and British.
They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
- Claire Forlani

The coast of British Columbia was one of the three
chief centers of aboriginal America.
- Ellsworth Huntington

The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.
- Michael Caine

Simon Hale, the British arranger, does all string and
wood arrangements on my records.
- Duncan Sheik

You don't expect to get the letter saying,
Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire!
It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.
- Antony Sher

We have lost all our big Australian industries and icons,
including Qantas when it sold 25 % of its shares and
a controlling interest to British Airways.
- Pauline Hanson

If you do a story about a British journalist rescuing a child from Sarajevo,
then Sarajevo just becomes an exotic location,
and the story's about this British journalist.
- Michael Winterbottom

There are actually quite high profile British TV star
cameos in it that you probably wouldn't even notice,
that the British wouldn't even notice,
let alone the American audience.
- Simon Pegg

I've had much nastier things said about me in the British
press than in the Bosnian press.
- Paddy Ashdown

Gandhi has asked that the British Government should
walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle
differences among themselves,
even if it means chaos and confusion.
- Stafford Cripps

I think the British have the distinction above all
other nations of being able to put new wine into old
bottles without bursting them.
- Clement Attlee

There is not a single injustice in Northern Ireland
that is worth the loss of a single British soldier
or a single Irish citizen either.
- James Callaghan

The guy that made me wanna make movies...
and this is off the wall-is a guy named Michael Pal,
the British director.
- George A. Romero

It was part of your religion to hate the British.
- Rebecca H. Davis

The British have always coped without becoming a dictatorship.
- Frederick Forsyth

Although the Chinese had used opium as a medicine,
there was no widespread addiction before the British arrived.
- Robert Trout

I received an OBE from the Queen, which probably doesn't
mean anything in America but is quite nice in England -
the Order of the British Empire for services to drama.
- Joan Collins

It would not be fair to the critics of Rotary,
who include some of the most brilliant of the British and American writers,
to charge them with prejudice.
- Paul Harris

Yes, I won the Bafta.
I thought the British were very intelligent.
- Eli Wallach

I think the good old British democracy should keep
scrutinising and pressing to get the truth out.
- Clare Short

King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed
the great success of the British nation in political
life to their talking politics after dinner.
- Benjamin Disraeli

If these theatres didn't exist, the tradition of British
theatre would cease to exist.
- David Soul

The fact that people didn't know I was British did work for quite a while.
- Claire Forlani

As a kid in British Columbia, going back a long way,
I learned to skate.
- Steve Yzerman

All British people have plain names,
and that works pretty well over there.
- Paris Hilton

The United States can tell you all about what's wrong with the British,
to say nothing of the Russians.
- Arthur Hays Sulzberger

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Were you to read the British press today,
you would learn that the British Empire never forgets its defeats.
- Robert Trout

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

My hobbies are cooking and gardening,
especially growing orchids.
I love soccer, my husband and I support a British team called Chelsea,
and I also enjoy tennis.
We have 3 cats.
- Juliet Mills

The only difference between the Bel Air of the '90s
and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies
are Latina instead of British,
and the cars European instead of American.
- Lorna Luft

It is up to you to decide that this has lasted long enough,
that our boys are dying to serve no British interest
but for the interests of a small clique of utterly unscrupulous men.
- John Amery

I was determined that no British government should
be brought down by the action of two tarts.
- Harold MacMillan

The British cinema had been very dull and conformist.
- Karel Reisz

I wil not compare the education of an ancient Spartan
with that of a British nobleman.
- Thomas Day

It had always been a British preoccupation to hold this mile record.
- Roger Bannister

A British pressing with a compilation of the best stuff really,
I mean actually not only that but, these were all kind
of semi hits for the people on it in America.
- Eric Clapton

I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from
British or other English language poetry.
- Diane Wakoski

There is no cannibalism in the British navy,
absolutely none, and when I say none,
I mean there is a certain amount.
- Graham Chapman

The British tend to shy away from the spotlight.
We don't like being singled out in any way,
and I think that is something which is important for me to learn to do.
- Damon Hill

British politics is more nuanced.
Part of the problem with New Labour is that they are a moving target.
- Rory Bremner

Each section of the British Isles has its own way of laughing,
except Wales, which doesn't.
- Stephen Leacock

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India,
history will look upon the act of
depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Let everyone leave all the guns - British guns and Irish guns -
outside the door.
- Martin McGuinness

I've always wanted to be a spy, and frankly I'm a little
surprised that British intelligence has never approached me.
- Elizabeth Hurley

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum
annual when I was about 12 years old.
- A. E. van Vogt

I was never too keen on the British music press.
They've called us a supermarket hype,
and they used to suggest that we didn't write our own songs.
- Freddie Mercury

As for the United States' future in Afghanistan,
it will be fire and hell and total defeat,
God willing, as it was for their predecessors -
the Soviets and,
before them, the British.
- Mohammed Omar

I've had more than 12,000 emails from the United States.
It's not easy in the United States to find out the
email address of a British parliamentarian.
- George Galloway

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

The British have given me good support for the last
8 years and have always believed in me.
- Jonathan Brown

I seemed to belong to three countries:
I had an apartment in Paris,
a house in Hollywood, and when I married British theater director Peter Hall,
I moved to London.
- Leslie Caron

We've already recognized that it is absolutely essential
for British children to learn other languages and we
will be working hard to put further strategies in place to ensure this.
- John Whitehead

It could be my British need for discipline that makes
me admire the American appetite for freedom and passion.
- Steve Winwood

I would sooner play in a good British picture than
in the majority of American pictures I have seen.
- Glynis Johns

I am very proud to be British.
I'm very conscious of carrying my country with me wherever I go.
I feel I need to represent it well.
- Julie Andrews

But, you know, the Stones were my opening act in the Sixties.
I loved those British guys, the way they just stood
there and shook their hair.
- Ronnie Spector

When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain,
sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles,
- but never England.
- George Mikes

When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu
way of life similar to that of the British at the time
the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago.
- Louis Leakey

The British feel of blues has been hard,
rather than emotional.
Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words,
far too little originality.
- Alexis Korner

I loved history, particularly of the British,
American and Old Testament kind.
- Luke Ford

To cure the British disease with socialism was like
trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
- Margaret Thatcher


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