Every song has a bouquet, which is the music. If you can put words with something that is really apt, then you've done it.
What is our destiny? Does it matter? Is it bound up with 'our' planet? In my opinion, yes.
I got into trad jazz, then modern jazz, then avant-garde jazz, between the ages of 16 to 18.
As a really young child, I was listening to the echoes of the age before, music hall and stuff like that, as well as classical bits on the radio.
In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do.
I was determined if I was going to become a superstar it would be on my terms. I've had that ethic since the beginning.
I wanted to modernize music, but more than that, to completely modernize people's attitudes towards life in general.
I was never really a bone fide member of the folk scene.
I've seen such things as you would not believe. I've seen motorbikes driven down hotel corridors - and had a go myself.
Remember, this was a world that was still ethnically separated. I was thirteen and ignorant of the social situation in America, but I felt these records were better than what my own culture was turning out.
I'm inspired by the poets, so I'm always going to give in that direction, rather than in any other. It's the making of me... and also the downfall of me.
I'd just like to prove to myself that I'm all here and all together and can get the best out of myself. I'd also like to prove that to a couple of other people.
If humanity was still in the feral state, we wouldn't have any need for these huge conurbations that we have now, that have turned us into a different bunch all together. In the feral state we would be much more secure, much more familiar with each other, much more mentally well-balanced.
It's fantastic to put your hands in the earth. I enjoy spending my time in heaven here. I don't care what you say, this is my heaven.
I'm attending to my legacy, making sure that it travels the universe in the best shape I can get it into. For as long as I'm alive, I'll still be its interpreter.
Don't shift because fashion has shifted. Don't move from the original ethic you had, the original reasons. They're part and parcel of you.
I'm careful, controlled, bodily conservative: if someone offered me a pill I'd only ever take a half.
I'm an amalgam of the 19th-century romantics and the beat poets.
I've taken a stand against religion for as long I've been able to write and think.
When I was 15, I was wearing sandals and corduroys, Guernsey, striped pullover, a beard that was hardly there, shades and a beret, and the goal was hanging out.