Roger McGuinn quotes

  • Man has tried his suicide with bigotry and hate, but in the end he'll kill himself with nothing but his waste.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Suicide #Peace #Hate

  • Scotty Moore plays one of the first really amazing riffs in rock history on Heartbreak Hotel with Elvis Presley ... it was dangerous, it scared everybodys parents, which was part of the attraction then - as it still is now... it totally blindsided me and made me want to get a guitar and do that.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Music #Rocks #Guitar

  • Well, I guess that early 12 string. The first Martin I bought. I bought it around 1957 with money I earned as a janitor assistant. I bought brand new. I still have that.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Assistants #Firsts #Strings

  • How many years will you crawl through this castle, so satisfied and still wanting more?
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Philosophy #Years #Castles

  • He blew his mind out in a caaaar.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Mind

  • Now, you can just get a laptop, get some software, put a microphone on it and make a record. You have to know how to do it. It does help if you've had 35 or 40 years of experience in the studio. But, it still levels the playing field so artists can record their own stuff.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Artist #Years #Laptops

  • If there's anyone in space, what they'll learn about the human race will be listening to us talking on the car phone.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Space #Phones #Race

  • ... Andres Segovia literally created the genre of classical guitar, which hadn't existed before around 1910. There was flamenco, which he borrowed from, but he actually arranged the works of Mozart and other classical composers for guitar, something that had never been done before ... Segovias' style is not slick or contrived, but it's still very clean and his timing is impeccable ... it's got a feeling of casual elegance, as if he's sitting around the house in Spain with a jug of wine, just playing from the heart.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Music #Heart #Wine

  • Im not attracted to expensive things.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Expensive

  • Leadbelly's guitar is in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Rocks #Guitar #Rock N Roll

  • Once I've written a song, I sometimes refine them.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Song #Sometimes #Written

  • I play a couple basic folks songs and break them down. I did that on a six string. I can't recall all the songs on it. There's some finger picking on it.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Song #Couple #Play

  • But in my imagination this whole thing developed and I started mixing up old folk songs with the Beatles beat and taking them down to Greenwich Village and playing them for the people there.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Song #People #Imagination

  • I don't really collect guitars.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Guitar

  • The first 12-string guitar I bought was probably around 1957.
    -- Roger McGuinn

    #Guitar #Firsts #Strings

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