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“Fur is a contentious issue. Meat is a contentious issue. GMOs are a contentious issue. I think this whole thing going on about whether or not products should be labeled if they have GMOs in them – I, as a consumer, would like to know if I’m eating GMO food. If I choose to buy it then it’s my choice.”

 

Billy Corgan

“I rummage around in artistic things from the past. If you don’t understand the context, they wouldn’t make any sense. I rummage around in conceptual ideas of the future, but if you don’t know the source of the thinking, [it] wouldn’t make any sense.”

 

Billy Corgan

“That’s the great thing about rock n’ roll: the myth is ultimately more important than the reality. And that’s what you learn – you just learn to go with the mythology.”

 

Billy Corgan

“I think it would be very interesting to see that many people would probably be okay with paying more for services and goods that they felt were more holistically [generated]. Which means the death of the old system which rewarded people for taking advantage of one another.”

 

Billy Corgan

“Not let the child run the circus, just have that child be the source of the creative voice.”

 

Billy Corgan

“When you present people with things from the heart and from the soul, they make better choices: They make better choices about their bodies, they make better choices about their partners, they make better choices about the environment.”

 

Billy Corgan

“The mythology in rock n’ roll is that I’m a bit of a loose cannon. Yet I’ve produced more music than anybody in my generation. So how much of a loose cannon am I? But the general public believes that I’m a loose cannon, so let them believe it. I’m not going to correct them.”

 

Billy Corgan

“It’s wonderful to read interviews by old blues guys – they talk about all their influences, they talk about who taught them how to play, and who they saw, and how they were determined to play that way.”

 

Billy Corgan

“Billy [Corgan] and I used to spend quite a lot of time together in Los Angeles, when I first moved there.”

 

Billy Corgan

“I really think it’s a white, bourgeois idea to pretend that you don’t have influences. It seems to be the obsession strictly of white people in college.”

 

Billy Corgan

“Now the expectation is that, once the public decides that the artist is gentrified, the public demands that the artist stop growing. And [the public] actually puts all their energy into reasserting or re-establishing what the artist has long ago left behind. Because that’s what they want. The source of creativity, the gift that’s been given, be damned.”

 

Billy Corgan

“Being overly identified with [a certain period of time] becomes a noose around your neck, and people don’t want you to grow up, they don’t want you to change, they don’t want you to evolve.”

 

Billy Corgan

“It makes me crazy to think that somebody might attack my city or any other city.”

 

Billy Corgan

“I know how stupid people can be. I’ve played in front of 5,000 people that bought a ticket to my concert, and some guy who’s bought a ticket decides he’s going to throw a bottle at my head. That’s a simple act of stupidity. That’s not even defiance.”

 

Billy Corgan

“I think I kind of approached music with this sort of, like, weird thing where I kinda set myself up where I could kinda be myself but not really. I kinda had a backdoor out. So if you criticized me, I kinda had my defenses working. And the problem is that some people seize on that as inauthenticity, which is understandable. So that’s painful because it’s not that you’re being inauthentic…there’s a difference between being a poseur and being someone who’s so emotionally challenged they’re kind of just doing their best to show you what they’ve got.”

 

Billy Corgan

“As far as a theoretical point of view for my generation, I’m probably the most successful theoretician. I mean, double albums and concepts and dresses and major disasters and wonderful successes and yet you don’t see the critical review of my work. Why? Because it’s all focused on the persona. Billy Corgan. But I get to sort of jump in and be Billy Corgan. But then I get to sort of jump back out and be like, sensitive man in the corner.”

 

Billy Corgan

“As a healthy person, my breakfasts are very bland and boring. Think kind of a white pasty gruel. Or there can be an occasional banana over the top.”

 

Billy Corgan

“We’re both cat lovers [with Marilyn Manson].”

 

Billy Corgan

“When alternative music – which is supposed to be the standard-bearer of where white rock is headed – becomes either too cute or too manufactured, that’s just really not good.”

 

Billy Corgan

“Live simply; make compassionate choices when it comes to food.”

 

Billy Corgan