I spent a few years here in Memphis, in the late '70s and early '80s, where I was studying a lot of country blues players and their styles. So it seems like every record I'll do, I will appropriate these blues styles that I remember.

— Alex Chilton

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I never thought of myself as being a good songwriter.

There are a ton of other people that are good songwriters, but I don't think I'm in the club. What I do well is perform, sometimes sing pretty good, and accompany myself well and arrange fairly well.

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The more alone I am, the more focused I can get.

I've written things with people, some of which I liked and others I think are total travesties. Collaborating is trying to make a piece of music and get someone else to come up with the ideas. What's the fun of that?

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Sometimes I'll come up with a lick that I really love, and I'll try to put the right words to it for years. Suddenly something comes to me that works just right.

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Fame has a lot of baggage to carry around.

I wouldn't want to be like Bruce Springsteen. I don't need that much money and wouldn't want to have 20 bodyguards following me.

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If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out.

If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction.

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Drugs were pretty easy to quit taking.

I was never addicted to anything to begin with. But then, liquor - I had to wait about another six years before I finally got around to quitting that. I'm sure glad I did.

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Everywhere I go, there are all these Big Star freaks, and they’re nice little guys who are usually in college, and they’re kind of lonely and misunderstood, learning to play guitar.

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I guess that my life has been a series of flukes in the record business.

The first thing I ever did was the biggest record that I'll ever have.

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