„Most people don’t listen to classical music at all, but to rock-and-roll or hillbilly songs or some album named Music To Listen To Music By…“

“The Taste of the Age”, p. 12
A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables (1962)

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poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965

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„If you listen to a song on the radio you can definitely tell whose music it is. When you listen to my music you can tell it is Basshunter.“

—  Basshunter Swedish singer, record producer and DJ 1984

BBC interview (25 July 2008) http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/entertainment/newsid_7522000/7522129.stm

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„If one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.“

—  Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Algernon, Act I.
Fonte: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Contexto: Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.

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„There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

Letter to Paul Dukas (1901)
Contexto: I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have. It’s just that I find the actual pieces — whether they’re old or modern, which is in any case merely a matter of dates — so totally poverty-stricken, manifesting an inability to see beyond the work-table. They smell of the lamp, not of the sun. And then, overshadowing everything, there’s the desire to amaze one’s colleagues with arresting harmonies, quite unnecessary for the most part. In short, these days especially, music is devoid of emotional impact. I feel that, without descending to the level of the gossip column or the novel, it should be possible to solve the problem somehow. There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country, that’s to say, one that can’t be found on the map.

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„I listen to everything, all types of music.“

—  Luis Miguel Puerto Rican singer; music producer 1970

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI_sg_mBSLk
Interview with Buenos Dias a Todos, 2008

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„Rock and roll is a music, and why should a music contribute to … juvenile delinquency? If people are going to be juvenile delinquents, they're going to be delinquents if they hear … Mother Goose rhymes.“

—  Elvis Presley American singer and actor 1935 - 1977

Pop Chronicles, Show 7 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. Part 1 http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19754/m1/, interview recorded 1956 http://web.archive.org/web/20110615153027/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/o-s.

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„Commercial rock ’n’ roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music … an obscene looting of a cultural expression.“

—  Ralph Ellison American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer 1914 - 1994

"Some Questions and Some Answers" (1958), in The Collected Essays, ed. John F. Callahan (New York: Modern Library, 1995), p. 298.

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„The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

Interview on London Plus (24 September 1984) - YouTube video http://youtube.com/watch?v=CR2N040drg0

„Listen to them. Children of the night, what music they make.“

—  Garrett Fort screenwriter 1900 - 1945

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„The earth has music for those who listen.“

—  George Santayana 20th-century Spanish-American philosopher associated with Pragmatism 1863 - 1952

This statement is commonly associated with Santayana, but no source or attribution can be found in his works or correspondence. *UPDATE: This quote is appropriately attributed to Reginald Vincent Holmes (1955, Fireside Fancies, Edwards Brothers Inc.)
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„My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.“

—  Edith Sitwell British poet 1887 - 1964

As quoted in Reader's Digest Vol. 111, No. 666, (October 1977)

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