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Jackson Browne

Browne in 1980
Background information
Birth name Clyde Jackson Browne
Born (1948-10-09) October 9, 1948 (age 68)
Heidelberg, Germany
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S
Genres

Rock
folk
country rock
soft rock

Occupation(s)

Singer-songwriter
musician
political activist

Instruments

Vocals
guitar
piano

Years active 1966–present
Labels

Elektra
Adrenaline Music Group
Inside
Asylum

Associated acts

Warren Zevon
Eagles
David Lindley
Waddy Wachtel
Bonnie Raitt
Clarence Clemons
David Crosby
Graham Nash
Neil Young
Linda Ronstadt
Joan Baez
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Bruce Springsteen
Little Steven
Dawes
Roy Orbison
The Chieftains

Website jacksonbrowne.com

I'm sensitive, you know, about some things, and as some of my partners could attest to, incredibly insensitive.
Jackson Browne
I grew up reading Shakespeare and Mark Twain.
People know more about baseball players' contracts than they do about the policies that govern the fate of our children's lives in twenty years. Think about it. People used to say, the whole time I was growing up, 'Do you want to bring a child into this world?' That's pretty dire.
Jackson Browne
I love to read. I love to stretch. In the morning, I get up, and if I'm not in a hurry, I will lie on the floor on a rug, look through some books and magazines, and maybe listen to music and try to do stretching exercises to tune up.
Jackson Browne
I never was a very good singer.
I'm a big fan of British journalists like 'The Independent's Robert Fisk, but it's hard to find voices like his in the U.S.
Jackson Browne
As far as those kinds of things, I also played at the concert to call for the release of Nelson Mandela when he was a political prisoner in South Africa. We were celebrating his 70th birthday and calling for his release.
Jackson Browne
I don't avoid anything. In my songs I just choose to talk about certain things, and so yeah, there are some aspects of my character and personality that don't come out.
Jackson Browne
If someone said, 'You can go live in this little town in Costa Rica for a couple of weeks and all you've got to do is sing for us,' I would do that. That's more exciting to me than the prospect of going on some national tour, where you're going to play arenas or sheds every night, because of the crushing repetition of that kind of line.
Jackson Browne
My forays into trying to date girls my own age from the school I went to were all pretty tortured.
Jackson Browne
Very often it's really inconvenient – who you fall in love with. You can't really control it.
Jackson Browne
Now, guitar was pretty cool. Everybody knew something on the guitar. So I wanted to play guitar, but I told my dad if he wanted me to keep studying something, I'd like to study piano.
Jackson Browne
Music itself is a great source of relaxation. Parts of it anyway. Working in the studio, that's not relaxing, but playing an instrument that I don't know how to play is unbelievably relaxing, because I don't have any pressure on me.
Jackson Browne
The biggest influence? I've had several at different times – but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs.
Jackson Browne
No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.
Jackson Browne
The idea that I wrote something that stood for the way I feel about things, and that it lasts, that's probably my favorite thing that I've done.
Jackson Browne
I get some heat for what English people call 'overproduction.' I don't think my older stuff was overproduced, but I do think that sound has dated.
Jackson Browne
I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it.
So I had a couple of years of playing trumpet. I really enjoyed it, but it was not the kind of instrument you could whip out at a party. Let's face it.
Jackson Browne
I've also gotten to play in front of a million people in Central Park when there was a grass roots movement calling for nuclear disarmament – it was about 1982 – they called it Peace Sunday.
Jackson Browne
Right around the end of the fifties, college students and young people in general, began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country – this music contained the real history of the people of this country.
Jackson Browne
English people are so trapped in this class paradigm.
I've written many extra verses to songs that I learned to sing – an extra verse about a friend, or just add some verse – and that led to writing my own songs.
Jackson Browne
So what I do, more than play any instrument – I mean, I love to play – but more than that, I write songs. Songs that are about living, about what it's like to be going through all the things that people go through in life.
Jackson Browne
You can take as much as you can from the generation that has preceded you, but then it's up to you to make something new.
Jackson Browne
I wrote the song For A Dancer for a friend of mine who died in a fire. He was in the sauna in a house that burned down, so he had no idea anything was going on. It was very sad.
Jackson Browne
That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business – writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.
Jackson Browne
We have an open society. No one will come and take me away for saying what I am saying. But they don't have to, if they can control how many people hear it. And that's how they do it.
Jackson Browne
Musician jokes are a kind of joke that usually have to do with how much money someone makes. Musicians are always starving, so they're really mean to each other about who makes what.
Jackson Browne
When I really started liking music was when I could play some of it myself, and after a couple of years of playing folk music, I kinda rediscovered those hits that were on the radio all the time when I was a kid.
Jackson Browne
It was a great time to be born, because I got to have my own publishing company right from the beginning, so I made more money than somebody would have doing what I did ten or fifteen years before.
Jackson Browne
That's maybe the most important thing each generation does, is to break a lot of rules and make up their own way of doing things.
Jackson Browne
I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.
Jackson Browne
And my dad wanted me to play the trumpet because that's what he liked. His idol was Louis Armstrong. My dad thought my teeth came together in a way that was perfect for playing the trumpet.
Jackson Browne
Also, right at that particular time in the music business, because of people like the Beatles, people began owning their own publishing. I'll just say this really quickly – they used to divide the money for the music that was written in two, just equal halves.
Jackson Browne
Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn't that the banjo player's Porsche parked outside?
Jackson Browne
I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.
I'd have to say that my favorite thing is writing a song that really says how I feel, what I believe – and it even explains the world to myself better than I knew it.
Jackson Browne