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Folk rock was my real roots.
by Alan Parsons

Folk rock was my real roots.
I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
- Alan Parsons

Any effects created before 1975 were done with either
tape or echo chambers or some kind of acoustic treatment.
No magic black boxes!
- Alan Parsons

That Beatle euphoria has always been there,
and it's hard to be in a room with a Beatle and try to be totally natural.
You never shake that off.
- Alan Parsons

The Dark Side of the Moon is a fine album with a textural
and conceptual richness that not only invites,
but demands involvement.
There is a certain grandeur.
- Alan Parsons

 

The Sicilian Defense album was never released and never
will be if I have anything to do with it.
I have not heard it since it was finished.
I hope the tapes no longer exist.
- Alan Parsons

I started in a research lab for TV cameras,
then I worked at a tape duplication facility.
That was the first introduction for me to recorded music and hi-fi.
- Alan Parsons

Immediately after the Floyd experience,
I became a pop record producer.
- Alan Parsons

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I had the honor of speaking with Asimov.
The album ended up being something not directly related to Asimov,
but related instead to the concept of the power of robotics.
- Alan Parsons

In France, you can sell a lot, but nobody outside of France ever hears of it.
- Alan Parsons

The Dark Side of the Moon has flash -
the true flash that comes from the excellence of a superb performance.
- Alan Parsons

In Russia we had to have special visas in our passports,
and when we had to show our passports at the Kremlin gates,
we realized that, Oh my God, we're actually playing in THE Kremlin!
- Alan Parsons

I was 17 and just learning what high fidelity was,
what good sound was, and learning the mechanics of tape machines.
It was a real education, going right from the consumer
end to the record factory.
- Alan Parsons

I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world,
but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it.
The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
- Alan Parsons

We are a puny and fickle folk.
Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Folk is bare bones music.
- Ben Harper

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs,
fables, folk sayings and quotations.
- William Feather

I've been getting into Nick Drake lately,
the folk singer.
Sad, gorgeous stuff.
- Anthony Doerr

The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not
consider a picture as a picture,
apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.
- James Whistler

It's fun.
I sit down every day and tell stories.
Some folk would kill to get that chance.
- Bernard Cornwell

You have to open your mind.
I like the ability to express myself in a deep way.
It's the closest music to our humanity -
it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture.
- Sonny Terry

Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from
selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset.
- Roald Dahl

At the same time all this was happening,
there was a folk song revival movement goingon,
so the commercial music industry was actually changed
by the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

And no book gives a deeper insight into the inner life of the Negro,
his struggles and his aspirations, than,
The Souls of Black Folk.
- Ray Stannard Baker

How can I be a folk? I'm from the suburbs you know.
- John Fahey

Jazz is the folk music of the machine age.
- Paul Whiteman

We had a certain kind of really big prestige among,
I suppose not just intellectual folk,
but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature.
- Adolph Green

Well, I don't think it ever did, but in the early '60s
I got interested in folk music.
- Warren Zevon

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity.
That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.
- Leslie Fiedler

Let us beware of common folk, of common sense,
of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.
- Charles Baudelaire

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.
- H. L. Mencken

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues,
you find out it's music of just plain people.
- Brownie McGhee

Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was,
in essence, American folk music with a beat.
- Van Morrison

My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them.
- Johannes Sebastian Bach

Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors.
- Donal Henahan

Some folk want their luck buttered.
- Thomas Hardy

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk
tales being a woman's domain,
considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.
- Alice Hoffman

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing.
I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music.
The chord progressions are obvious references.
- Joanna Newsom

All music is folk music.
I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
- Louis Armstrong

I grew up listening to a lot of soul music,
and a lot of folk music.
- Katey Sagal

They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women.
I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine
and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined.
- Alice Hoffman

There are no bridges in folk songs because the peasants died building them.
- Eugene Chadbourne

When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage.
So I traded in my banjo for a guitar.
- Michael Storm

I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie,
but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk.
- Nathan Lane

Folk-rock hasn't changed much over the decades since the Byrds started it.
- Steve Forbert

There's nothing quite like tobacco: it's the passion of decent folk,
and whoever lives without tobacco doesn't deserve to live.
- Moliere

I grew up listening to spiritual music,
Blind Willie Johnson and folk.
- Ben Harper

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

I got hooked into folk music by accident,
because that's what white college kids liked when I was a child.
- Stephen Stills

We were like psychedelic folk combined with Sonic Youth's noise.
- Daisy Berkowitz

I was using them as teachers for technique but I was
never trying to be a folk.
- John Fahey

It was really fun.
Well, Bobby was just basically a folk singer.
He didn't play with any bands or anything,
like all the rest of us.
Just played his guitar and sang his songs.
- Barry McGuire

Folk music was out there.
Clubs were springing up and they were hot with the college kids.
- Dick Smothers

Everybody would grab a guitar and listen to somebody
else and call themselves a folk singer.
When they didn't know no more songs,
they'd run out of them.
- Brownie McGhee

Common folk didn't have last names in the 8th and 9th centuries.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

I like Celtic folk music, Native American music,
and any kind of early music.
There isn't a lot of music that I don't like...
except for Show Tunes.
- Terri Windling

Why do we need to wait until somebody sells 10 million
records to give people a show like that? What about us smaller,
hungry folk? At least gimme a curtain!
- Angie Stone

I think they do a great job on Queer as Folk.
- Laura Innes

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

The models for me were more the folk-rock singers of the '60s and '70s.
- Carly Simon

Fleetwood Mac are more like a folk-rock band.
- Ann Wilson

The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other
material suitable to the epic form need not therefore
prove its failure as a long lyric poem,
with interrelated sections.
- Hart Crane

I think all old folk's homes should have striptease.
If I ran one I'd have a striptease every week.
- Cynthia Payne

Human folk are as a matter of fact eager to find intelligence in animals.
- Edward Thorndike

I'm just a very primitive, infantile folk singer.
- Robert Wyatt

I always thought I was singing American folk music.
- Lonnie Donegan

All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that
pleasure that I find in Plato;
alas good folk,
they never felt what true pleasure meant.
- Jane Grey

I guess all songs is folk songs.
I never heard no horse sing 'em.
- Big Bill Broonzy

I have a deep rooted folk sensibility that I can't
get away from completely.
- Joanna Newsom

I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly
becoming a prize possession.
It's a lovely guitar.
I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up.
- Graham Coxon

Everything that has ever been called folk art has always reflected domination.
- Theodor Adorno


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