Too many rockers put on the leather pants and shirt first. But if you write good songs, the pants and shirt will follow.
I've taken a lot of crap. That's just the way life is. There are going to be writers who like you and writers who despise you.
I went to a vocational high school, which is where they basically train you to go out and dig ditches. You gotta learn a trade. Well, why do you gotta learn a trade? Because you're not smart enough to go to college. That was the underlying gist of it.
Everybody was a democrat where we grew up. It was a blue-collar town and the democrats represented the working class and the unions. But very, very super-conservative Catholic, very proud immigrant community, very stoic.
I love the Smithsonian. I'm a real dork for that kind of stuff.
It's really weird how the rock world is quickly becoming like the jazz world. How if you do OK, or get a tiny bit of success, that's considered a sellout, whether you did anything different or not.