Greg Ginn Quotes


32 Greg Ginn quotes:



"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."
"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."
"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 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 like a lot of electronica. I like older jazz rather than newer."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Most good things happen with time; especially music, which needs time to breathe and to find its own way."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."



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