Ten great quotes from the current edition of Classic Rock

Classic Rock 197 is currently available in all good newsagents. It features Black Stone Cherry on the cover, and comes with a free CD of hits, rarities and live tracks from the band.

Classic Rock can also be purchased online. For those who prefer a digital edition, the magazine is also available via Apple Newsstand.

The new issue also features our comprehensive guide to funk rock, twenty pages of reviews, a buyers’ guide to Richie Blackmore, plus interviews with many of rock’s great and good. Below, we’ve selected ten of our favourite quotes from the issue.

Patti Smith

“I went to visit a Rabbi because I loved Anne Frank so much that I imagined that maybe I could become Jewish.”

Ginger Baker

“I just can’t believe what the British public put up with. They’re brainwashed and subservient.”

Geezer Butler

“When I first went to school we read The Iliad and The Odyssey, and I can’t remember anything of what they were about, but The Bible stuck with me.”

Ian Anderson

“There are people we don’t like. Not for something they’ve done wrong — we just don’t like the way they smell. And I’m one of them.”

The Ramones

“We tried to figure out other people’s songs at our first rehearsals, but we couldn’t because we had just started to play. So we decided to write our own songs…”


These are songs that will stay with you forever — or at least until you’re lying in your Kiss Kasket contemplating the hereafter.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

“For inspiration we would be watching porno films. We were knuckleheads, man.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela

“There are a lot of incredible musicians whose music you hear and you think, ‘Wow, that guy must be from another planet’. And then you meet them and they’re shit.”

The Rutles

“It was getting so silly with these Beatles reunion rumours that someone needed to do something sillier.”

The Who

Some nights Daltrey’s hands were covered in lacerations from the factory, making it too painful for him to play lead guitar, so Townshend took over.

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.