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We aren't as concerned about the live aspect as other labels.
by Greg Ginn

We aren't as concerned about the live aspect as other labels.
The best live bands are the easiest to record.
- Greg Ginn

The English scene got more media attention with their emphasis on fashion,
with the safety pins and all.
There were some really good bands over there.
The Sex Pistols were great.
- Greg Ginn

I still think the best metal bands have a blues feel.
The first Black Sabbath album is kind of a bludgeoning of blues.
Deep Purple also started out as a blues band.
- Greg Ginn

We're not good at propping up old carcasses.
We want to be on top of what's vital at any particular time,
and not just hold onto something because it has a name.
- Greg Ginn

 

The biggest disappointment has been seeing the number
of people in this business with very shortsighted views.
- Greg Ginn

I like a lot of electronica.
I like older jazz rather than newer.
- Greg Ginn

Black Flag was formed in 1977.
We first recorded in 1978.
- Greg Ginn

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You have to keep the business side together as well as the creative side.
We have constantly surprised people and stayed with
bands until they have grown on people.
- Greg Ginn

There aren't enough people who are scaring the kind
of people who work at these record companies.
- Greg Ginn

Stores can be indifferent to something new.
- Greg Ginn

The public is usually slow to catch on to new things,
and it's important that musicians stick to their guns
and not look for that instant gratification.
- Greg Ginn

If people are really excited about their music,
and that's their primary motivation,
then that comes through in demo tapes.
That's the most important ingredient.
- Greg Ginn

I didn't want to wait around for some business entity
to come around and give me money and tell me what to do.
We just started releasing records as best we could.
- Greg Ginn

The small companies who feel that the majors are a threat,
or are predators, will use that as an excuse for their eventual downfall.
Don't blame others for your own inadequacies.
- Greg Ginn

The Minutemen were seen as more of an art thing than Black Flag,
although I didn't see them that way.
It confused people when we put out Saccharine Trust,
too.
- Greg Ginn

We've gotten involved in cat rescue -
we take them in and find homes for them.
I've always loved cats.
I saw how homeless cats were living out there.
We take them in, put out flyers.
- Greg Ginn

There are several books out on punk history,
but I haven't read any of them.
I was there.
- Greg Ginn

Most good things happen with time; especially music,
which needs time to breathe and to find its own way.
- Greg Ginn

I listen to everything that comes in.
I'm not real worried about demo sound quality.
I can hear through that sort of thing.
If a band can play, then they can play.
- Greg Ginn

As a label, you have to treat every group and every
record as a unique entity.
I think that that has been our success,
rather than relying upon a fan base.
- Greg Ginn

There's not much music I'll listen to if it doesn't have pretty heavy swing.
Rhythm is so important.
Punk rock would have more power and feeling if it had swing.
- Greg Ginn

Putting out the things that I like best hasn't been
the easiest way to run a label,
and it still isn't because it requires finding an audience for each record.
- Greg Ginn

I didn't have a lot of overtly political songs.
I think it was more the actions of the group that were
threatening to the authorities,
and also our political philosophies apart from the music.
- Greg Ginn

It took us two years to get our first real gig.
That was a big dream.
We ended up booking a lot of our own gigs and putting
on a lot of our own shows.
We were trying to get our actual music across,
trying to make a connection there.
- Greg Ginn

We had a lot of riots.
We came under attack from many of the police departments.
It certainly wasn't some publicity thing.
I was afraid for many years.
We couldn't play in LA for many years.
A lot of people got very cynical.
- Greg Ginn

People from major labels were afraid to go to Black
Flag gigs throughout most of the band's existence.
They treated our gigs as something threatening.
I'm sure that it probably was.
They probably had reasons to be scared.
- Greg Ginn

SST was formed to put out the first Black Flag record.
Basically, there wasn't anyone else to do it.
I felt that what I was doing with Black Flag was very worthwhile,
and I wanted to get it out there.
- Greg Ginn

Punk rock really came out of N.Y.
as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded.
I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of
creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.
- Greg Ginn

The REM and Nirvana successes don't mean much to me
except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend.
Don't try to sound like someone else.
REM and Nirvana don't sound like anyone else.
- Greg Ginn

I had business experience.
I had made my living designing and building electronic equipment.
Basic business was not new to me, but the music business
was completely new to me.
I knew nothing about distribution, or any of those things.
- Greg Ginn

We were excited when we sold our first 10 records.
I always felt that if we could get the music out there,
and if people became accustomed to it,
then a substantial number of them would enjoy it.
- Greg Ginn

I don't know who my grandfather was;
I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- Abraham Lincoln

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Truth is always in harmony with herself,
and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice
that may consist with wrong-doing.
- Henry David Thoreau

I do not want to foresee the future.
I am concerned with taking care of the present.
God has given me no control over the moment following.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is possible to provide security against other ills,
but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.
- Epicurus

Where large sums of money are concerned,
it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Agatha Christie

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
There's nothing tangible of yesterday.
All I can say I've done is
agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes
and then boom - it's gone.
- Edward R. Murrow

The garden, by design, is concerned with both the interior
and the land beyond the garden.
- Stephen Gardiner

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary,
great minds with the ordinary.
- Blaise Pascal

We are a model country where gender equality is concerned.
- Tarja Halonen

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is
a jay and which is a sparrow,
he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
- Eric Berne

An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood;
a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
- George Bernard Shaw

But as far as I'm concerned, I can still play defense.
- Rafael Palmeiro

Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes,
with culture.
But music was my first contact with anything creative.
Music is it, as far as I'm concerned.
- Martin Freeman

The Egyptian contribution to architecture was more
concerned with remembering the dead than the living.
- Stephen Gardiner

I started off on stage because it was the only work I could get.
I haven't been back for 11 years.
I think any stage experience is good experience,
as far as being an actor is concerned.
- Tim Roth

I, like many members of my generation,
was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between
fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary.
- Charles de Lint

The Photograph is concerned with the power that the
past has to interfere with the present:
the time bomb in the cupboard.
- Penelope Lively

We are not concerned about innovation shifting from the U.S.
I still believe that the U.S.
still has capabilities for innovation.
- Craig Mundie

Most of the people I know in bands, all they are concerned
about is getting to do the next record.
- Bruce McCulloch

As far as the customer is concerned,
the interface is the product.
- Jef Raskin

It was very unusual, because normally the producer
requests the test to determine whether they want to hire someone or not.
Olivia was concerned about playing a seventeen year old.
- Randal Kleiser

There weren't any white people in this country who
didn't know who Gladys Knight was.
Or the Pips were, as far as that's concerned.
- Peabo Bryson

He was very much concerned with logic and function,
he always worked his solos out before playing them.
- Jamie Muir

There's so much mudslinging going on,
and people get so turned off by that.
It seems like neither party is aware of that.
They're too concerned with blasting each other.
- Steve Chabot

The Goddamn human race deserves itself,
and as far as I'm concerned it can have it.
- Elizabeth Janeway

People are concerned, here again, about life,
and haven't given a whole lot of attention to how you
make fathers responsible for the lives they bring into the world.
- Birch Bayh

I don't think I make much of a distinction between
the 'real' and the 'fantastic.'
They both seem to be threads in the same cloth as far as I'm concerned.
- Alice Hoffman

Regarding Syria, we already call for dialogue between
Syria and all parties concerned,
in order to avoid any kind of escalation in the region
which may expose the whole area to chaos.
- Ali A. Saleh

And as far as I'm concerned, it's like I say,
drugs are not the problem.
Other stuff is the problem.
- Jerry Garcia

We must not discriminate between things.
Where things are concerned there are no class distinctions.
We must pick out what is good for us where we can find it.
- Pablo Picasso

I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me...
All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.
- Jackie Robinson

Incredible that liberals aren't more concerned about
the monopoly of information in South Dakota.
- Laura Ingraham

Where my tastes in music are concerned,
I'm a real maximalist.
- James Levine

Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned.
- Paul Tillich


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