At Convocation Hall (University of Toronto), 1974
|Birth name||Don Glen Vliet|
|Also known as||
January 15, 1941|
Glendale, California, US
|Died||December 17, 2010
Arcata, California, US
|Genres||Experimental rock, blues rock, avant-garde, free jazz, art rock, spoken word, psychedelia|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, painter, poet, composer, author, record producer, film director|
|Instruments||Vocals, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, french horn, shehnai, recorder, flute, piccolo, trumpet, trombone|
|Labels||A&M, Buddah, Blue Thumb, ABC, Reprise, Straight, Virgin, Mercury, DiscReet, Warner Bros., Atlantic, Epic, Major League Productions (MLP)|
|Associated acts||The Magic Band, Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention, Gary Lucas, the Tubes, Jack Nitzsche, Zoot Horn Rollo, Mallard, Jeff Cotton, Rockette Morton, Winged Eel Fingerling, The Mascara Snake, John “Drumbo” French, Ry Cooder, Eric Drew Feldman, Moris Tepper|
I don't look like a desert person because I stay indoors most of the day and fool around at night. That's what the desert animals do – they don't have a tan either.
Johnny Rotten. He's a big fan of mine. I used to see him out in the audience in England and he'd stand up and holler. He's funny. Smart too, and a nice guy. Don't think he's a jerk because he isn't.
I don't even know what sound is, much less what it's for. It isn't to make money that's for sure. I've never made any.
But I have been in some very beautiful churches, then I've looked outside and seen people starving to death.
Bob Dylan impresses me about as much as… well, I was gonna say a slug but I like slugs.
I think Shakespeare is really the one. Words as music and music as words. Everything he wrote was good, which is really frightening.
I'd rather play a tune on a horn, but I've always felt that I didn't want to train myself. Because when you get a train, you've got to have an engine and a caboose. I think it's better to train the caboose. You train yourself, you strain yourself.
Man has done a lot to make himself dangerous and animals get the worst of all of it. But then, man too is an animal.
I'd never just want to do what everybody else did. I'd be contributing to the sameness of everything.
We see the moon, don't we? So it's our eye. Animals see us, don't they? So we're their animals.
I don't like getting out when I could be painting. And when I'm painting, I don't want anybody else around.
James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong – he's good.
I needed to purge myself of all the attention my parents had given me – I wasn't neglected enough as a child.
You can almost judge how screwed up somebody is by the kind of toilet paper they use. Go in any rich house and it's some weird coloured embossed stuff.
I would never kill a living thing, although I probably have inadvertently while driving automobiles.
I live in a Mobile Home – I've never had a house, except once; I rented a log cabin.