Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Some Thoughts From Frank Black

Some Frank Black quotations:

"They're a different generation, those kids...kids that are under the age of twelve. They're not that impressed by rock music, you know what I mean? They're like, it's cool and everything, but whatever. They're just as impressed by YouTube."

"I have always been a singer, a writer, and a musician, not as a prodigy or as in a trade handed to me by my parents, but because of an inner voice or maybe a command from beyond reality as it is usually defined."

"I'm an untrained musician. Untrained musicians don't really have any music theory, they don't have a lot of rules. We break the rules, but it's mostly because we don't know what the rules are. It's easy for us to go to certain places, so I'm not surprised that a lot of people were amused by my songwriting style."

"It's sour grapes, I admit, I want to be more famous so people are examining my work couplet by couplet, you know what I mean? That's the level where I want to go."

"Bob Dylan is quite a songwriter, and a great singer and musician. I won't bother with comparing myself to him, but I will say that I heard his records at a very young age and I still listen to all his records."

Thanks for the intriguing words, Frank!

Oh, and that last quotation above reminds me...Bob is going to release the (supposedly) complete Basement Tapes in November. Though it doesn't show too much in my own music I guess (except on THE HAUNTED LIFE), the Basement Tapes have always been tremendously important to me. Sort of like a very long, very important chapter in my personal Rock & Roll Bible.