Quotes by Steve Earle (Musician/American).

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The creative core of New York has never been native New Yorkers; it's people from all over the world.
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You can't write if you don't read.
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Gregory Corso used to get really pissed when people called Bob Dylan a 'poet.' After writing poetry for a few years, I can understand that.
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All we do as songwriters is rewrite the songs that have impressed us till we find our own voice. It's part of learning the craft.
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You can go out and find ways to make your own record and get it out there now. If you really want to, you can be heard. Keep things simple. Learn to go out and play solo. That's a really really good thing to learn, if you're a singer-songwriter. Don't be dependent on a band because you may not always be able to afford one.
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Sonnets are guys writing in English, imitating an Italian song form. It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited.
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My audience is, you know, pinkos in big cities.
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Becoming interested in poetics got me interested in theater. Theater is supposed to be poetry, you know, before it's anything else. It just doesn't fly if it isn't musical.
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I love baseball. I'll probably end up one of those old farts who go to spring training in Florida every year and drive from game to game all day.
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I promise you that I did not become an addict because of anything to do with the behavior of either of my parents. Everybody has to make their own choices.
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In New York, I'm around a lot of the reasons I started playing music in the first place. I live right behind Matt Umanov Guitars. I live on the street that Suze Rotolo and Bob Dylan were walking down on the album cover. I recognize the history.
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I'm a country singer, and I'm comfortable with that. But why does a country singer have to play only on country radio or a rock singer only on a rock station? I still don't understand why it's that big a deal.
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My spiritual system is 12-step programs. That's the only one I've ever had. I didn't have one before that.
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As much as I'd like to think and as much as people mistakenly think my audience is blue collar people in the heart of America, my audience is basically, in the States, an NPR audience. I play college towns in the summer because that's who comes to see me.
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The human race survived the Inquisition. We can survive. It's like the Anne Frank quote: 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are basically good at heart.' Given what happened to her, it's one of the miracles of the world that she said that.
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Actually, in its purest form, Islam is incredibly tolerant. That makes what's going on in the world really bizarre.
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We're so terrified of death in Western culture that we have to make up a myth of an afterlife. I think there's something to be said for living your life very mindful of the fact that you're going to die because I think you carry yourself differently. It doesn't have to be this big, negative bummer.
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You see things differently at 40 than you do at 31. Especially if you got to 40 the way I did.
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I'm constantly warning people that are involved in my life that I can go busk and make a living. I can make my rent in New York City in the subway, I promise, if I'm forced to.
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Poetry is the hardest thing that there is. It fascinates me, so I want to write more of it.
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I've never known of Wal-Mart to be a good neighbor in any town it's ever moved into.
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There's a long tradition of people from the South living in New York City.
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My politics were really radical when I was younger, and then I moderated like everyone else does when they start having kids.
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I mainly read non-fiction, and that's probably because I have a huge amount of insecurity about my lack of education and the things I don't know.
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Fundamentalism, as practiced by the Taliban, is the enemy of real thought, and religion too.
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