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Greg Ginn Quotes

32 Greg Ginn quotes:

"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."
"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."
"Most good things happen with time; especially music, which needs time to breathe and to find its own way."
"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."
"Stores can be indifferent to something new."
"The biggest disappointment has been seeing the number of people in this business with very shortsighted views."
"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."
"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."
"There are several books out on punk history, but I haven't read any of them. I was there."
"There aren't enough people who are scaring the kind of people who work at these record companies."
"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."
"We aren't as concerned about the live aspect as other labels. The best live bands are the easiest to record."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"You have a very creative period which generates a name for the band, followed by a long decline where the band tries to cash in on the name."
"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."
"Black Flag was formed in 1977. We first recorded in 1978."
"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."
"I like a lot of electronica. I like older jazz rather than newer."

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