Russel Brand | the mainstream media is not your friend

"I’ve made a lot of mistakes, I’ve been wrong many times but I’m beginning to think I’m right about this: the mainstream media is not your friend, the culture is not your friend, the government is not your friend, big business is not your friend. They are operating collegiately in unison to create a set of systems that are beneficial to them and disadvantage you."

Russel Brand

Bill Hicks | a productive member of society

"If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in."

Bill Hicks

Edward Osborne Wilson | We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom

"We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely."

Edward Osborne Wilson

William Egan Colby | The CIA controls everyone of significance in the major media

"The CIA controls everyone of significance in the major media, where it spent about 30% of its budget on covered press personnel and programs"

William Egan Colby

Lemmy Kilmister | that’s better than screwing

"The first time you break through to an audience and they all go nuts, that's better than screwing, you know. It's better. That's the best."

Lemmy Kilmister

Lemmy Kilmister | They feed you the stuff every day on TV

„They feed you the stuff every day on TV and you think it's all different, don't you? All the time, right? And it's always the same. Jesus i can't go on anywhere you know“

Lemmy Kilmister

Frank Zappa | Schools train people to be ignorant

"Schools train people to be ignorant, with style. They give you the equipment that you need to be a functional ignoramus. American schools* do not equip you to deal with things like logic; they don’t give you the criteria by which to judge between good and bad in any medium or format; and they prepare you to be a usable victim for military-industrial complex that needs manpower. As long as you’re just smart enough to do a job and just dumb enough to swallow what they feed you, you’re gonna be alright. But if you go beyond that then you’re gonna have these grave doubts that give you stomach problems, headaches…make you want to go out and do something else. So, I believe that schools mechanically and very specifically try and breed out any hint of creative thought in the kids that are coming out."

Frank Zappa

Madonna | What’s the difference between a pop star and a terrorist?

"What's the difference between a pop star and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist."


Eddy Lawrence Manson | We manipulate people like crazy

"We manipulate people like crazy in films and they love it. It’s a tremendous release. Every film composer mixes his experiences with a talent for musical manipulation, then projects that Machiavellian power gut to gut. The big thing about sexy music is the power of suggestion. A song with a porno lyric may cause laughter or embarrassment, but never an invitation to the bedroom. Sensual singing, an insistent beat that builds, suggestive lyrics — these are what turn people on today. One of the biggest motivations in record sales is the bedroom lure, which record companies all know about. Music is used everywhere to condition the human mind. Hitler used Wagner to win the German masses to Naziism. Our future music may be a frequency machine feeding impulses to our nervous system through electrodes or the ear, giving us highs and lows more powerful than any drugs in use today. And much more dangerous, too, because nobody takes musical manipulation very seriously."

Eddy Lawrence Manson

Aldous Huxley | man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions

"In regard to propaganda, the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or it might be false. They did not foresee what in fact has happened, above all in our Western capitalist democracies — the development of a vast mass communications industry, concerned in the main neither with the true nor the false, but with the unreal, the more or less totally irrelevant. In a word, they failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions."

Aldous Huxley

John Denver | As a self appointed messiah

"As a self appointed messiah, I view music as far more than just entertainment"

John Denver

Phillip Chapman Lesh | devery place we played was church

"In those days we used to say that every place we played was church and that's what it was like. A pretty far out church but that's how we felt."

Phillip Chapman Lesh

Gary Greenberg | The band was the high priest

"it was not just a concert. It was a place of worship. The band was the high priest, the songs the liturgy, the dancing the prayer, the audience the congregation. Out of these simple ingredients we created a tradition and enacted a ritual that was at once entirely familiar and thoroughly mysterious."

Gary Greenberg

Judy Mowatt | It was a crusade, it was a mission

"It was a crusade, it was a mission. We were like sentinels, like lights. ON TOUR THE SHOWS WERE LIKE CHURCH; Bob delivering the sermon. There were mixed emotions in the audience: you see people literally crying, people in a frenzy, on A SPIRITUAL HIGH ... These concerts were powerful and highly spiritual. There was a power that pulled you there. It was a clean feeling ... For months and maybe years it stays with you"

Judy Mowatt

Samuel | Whenever the spirit from God

"Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him."


Dr. Daniel und Bernadette Skubik | A driving drum rhythm in excess

"A driving drum rhythm in excess of three to four beats per second will put the brain into a state of stress, regardless if the listener likes or dislikes the music. And when the brain is in this stressful state, it will release opioids—a group of natural hormones that function like morphine—to help return itself to normal equilibrium and sense of well-being. These natural opioids, if experienced often enough, can be addicting, creating in the listener the continual desire for that ‘high’ somewhat like the high runners experience."

Dr. Daniel und Bernadette Skubik

Steven Spielberg | Film is the most powerful weapon in the world

"Film is the most powerful weapon in the world. Filmmakers have the responsibility not just to entertain, but to be responsible, to inform"

Steven Spielberg

Prince | We’re all indentured servants

"The other thing is the first line of the song says I was born on the same plantation in the United States of the red, white and blue, and we live in a place now that feels just about like a plantation. We're all indentured servants. When I found out there were eight presidents before George Washington, I wanted to smack somebody. I wanted to know why I was taught otherwise. Just tell me the whole story - I'll fill in the blanks. But don't tell me something that you think I'm supposed to know."


Shu Ching | there is nothing better than music

"For changing peoples' manners and altering their customs there is nothing better than music."

Shu Ching

Aristotle | Music directly represents the passions of the soul

"Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person."


Plato | Through foolishness they deceived themselves

"Through foolishness they deceived themselves into thinking that there was no right or wrong way in music, that it was to be judged good or bad by the pleasure it gave. By their works and their theories they infected the masses with the presumption to think themselves adequate judges. So our theatres, once silent, grew vocal, and aristocracy of music gave way to a pernicious theatrocracy...the criterion was not music, but a reputation for promiscuous cleverness and a spirit of law-breaking."


Neil Young | There’s more to the picture than meets the eye

"Hey hey, Rock and roll can never die. There's more to the picture than meets the eye"

Neil Young

Andrew Oldham | Rock music is sex

"Rock music is sex and you have to hit them [teenagers] in the face with it"

Andrew Oldham

Anton Szandor LaVey | Today’s Satanic bands

„Today’s Satanic bands are the vehicle of choice for millions of young people. If they encourage a study of real Satanism, I’m all for them. Now, there are many influential groups who know Satanism and aren’t afraid to espouse it—bands like King Diamond, The Electric Hellfire Club, Acheron, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails—the list is long. I have no use for the bands who take the Devil’s name, but are too chickenshit to play the Devil’s game. They’re usually too stupid to present any argument concerning Satanism. Instead, when put to the question, they cop out by answering: “Yeah—I was into that shit but not now. Don’t ask me about it because there’s no point in talking about it.” There are Satanic bands and there are “Satanic” bands.“

Anton Szandor LaVey

Jefferson Starship | Our music is intended

"Our music is intended to broaden the generation gap and alienate children from their parents"

Jefferson Starship

Conway Twitty | we are contributing to the moral decline in America

"As a country artist, I'm not proud of a lot of the things in my field. There is no doubt in my mind that we are contributing to the moral decline in America"

Conway Twitty