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After I exhausted the blues thing, I got into jazz.

Robert Quine

By many peoples’ standards, my playing is very primitive but by punk standards, I’m a virtuoso.

Robert Quine

By then I was in Brooklyn and drank my way through that summer. I stopped when I got sick of that and got a job at the Strand bookstore, which was a little better than the tax job.

Robert Quine

Even by the time I was four or five, I had Gene Autry records.

Robert Quine

From ’69 til ’76, I never played in public. I would play by myself at home.

Robert Quine

I never really followed grunge.

Robert Quine

I quit the tax job then and decided that I was going to play in a band. I answered ads in the Village Voice and went through two days of auditioning for bands.

Robert Quine

I really feel fortunate to have been around then because there have been good and bad years in rock but the best years were ’55 to early ’61. I got to see Buddy Holly and everybody else.

Robert Quine

I saw Suicide in ’74 and it was pretty horrifying.

Robert Quine

I started off with the really funky stuff like Ramsey Lewis, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell.

Robert Quine

I think Blank Generation holds up pretty well. You listen to that with headphones and there’s a lot going on there with the guitars- it’s the product of a lot of fighting.

Robert Quine

I was 12 in ’55 when rock and roll hit. It just completely transformed me.

Robert Quine

I was coerced into taking piano lessons in the early ’50s. It was a quite unpleasant experience.

Robert Quine

It was just like Howlin’ Wolf. Once you arrive at the point that you understand it, the emotional factor is darker than some of the saddest blues stuff.

Robert Quine

Meanwhile after failing the bar twice, I knew some people in New York and moved here in August ’71.

Robert Quine

My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis stuff I was listening to.

Robert Quine

Reading music is something that’s inherently hateful to me. It makes music like mathematics.

Robert Quine

The Stones were nasty and ugly and doing songs I was familiar with.

Robert Quine

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