Blackie Lawless of Wasp: "Rock 'n' roll is an aggressive art form, pure hostility and aggression. I believe in that like a religion." (Washington Post, February 8, 1987, p. F2)
David Bowie: “Rock has always been the devil’s music, you can’t convince me that it isn’t. I honestly believe everything I’ve said—I believe rock and roll is dangerous. … I feel that we’re only heralding something even darker than ourselves” (DAVID BOWIE, Rolling Stone, February 12, 1976, p. 83).
Marty Callner: (Popular music video director ) "Sex is what rock 'n' roll is all about." (L.A. Times, January 24, 1988).
Lita Ford: "Listen, rock’n roll ain’t church - It’s nasty business. You gotta be nasty too. If you’re goody, goody, you can’t sing or play it. . ." (Los Angeles Times, August 7, 1988)
Keith Richards: (Rolling Stone's guitarist) "There are black magicians who think we're acting as unknown agents of Lucifer." (Rolling Stone Magazine, August 19, 1971).
Patti Smith: "rock n roll is royal warfare... the universe is our battleground...the fender - all guitars - our weapons...the technicians - great soldiers...the people - tender barbarians...the goal - the freedom to possess the key of the fifth battalion and release the fierce and stampeding angels of Abaddon (hell)." (in her liner notes on the most *Joujoukan influenced album... "Radio Ethiopia") (*A Moroccan group that still practices, in a literal sense, the Rites of Pan.)
Ginger Baker (formerly of Eric Clapton's group, Cream) "It happens to us quite often- it feels as though I am not playing my instrument, something else is playing it and that same thing is playing all three of our instruments. That's what I mean when I say it's frightening sometimes. Maybe we'll all play the same phrase out of nowhere. It happens very often with us." [Why Knock Rock. Bethany House Publishers. 1984, pg. 113].
Kurt Cobain: "[I will] get stoned and worship Satan." [Kust Cobain. Christopher Sandford, Carroll and Graf Publishing, Inc. 2995, Pg 42].
Bill Ward of Black Sabbath: “I’ve always considered that there was some way where we were able to channel energy, and that energy was able to be, from another source, if you like, like a higher power or something, that was actually doing the work. I’ve often thought of us just being actually just the earthly beings that played the music because it was uncanny. Some of this music came out extremely uncanny” (cited in Black Sabbath An Oral History, p. 7).
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac : “It’s amazing, ’cause sometimes when we’re on stage, I feel like somebody’s just moving the pieces. ... I’m just going, ‘God, we don’t have any control over this.’ And that’s magic” (Circus, April 14, 1971).
Prince: "Recent analysis has proved that there's probably two people inside of me, just like a Gemini and we haven’t determined what sex that other person is yet".. Well, what they seem to find was that it was some -- someone I had created when I was five years old. . ["The Artist Formerly Known As Prince" Prince interview on Oprah Winfrey. November 20, 1996]
John Lennon: “It’s amazing that it [the tune to ‘In My Life’] just came to me in a dream. That’s why I don’t profess to know anything. I think music is very mystical” (John Lennon, “The Beatles Come Together,” Reader’s Digest, March 2001).
“I felt like a hollow temple filled with many spirits, each one passing through me, each inhabiting me for a little time and then leaving to be replaced by another” (John Lennon, People, Aug. 22, 1988, p. 70).
Paul Mccartney: “The music to ‘Yesterday’ came in a dream. The tune just came complete. You have to believe in magic. I can’t read or write music” (interview on Larry King Live, CNN, June 12, 2001).
"I have my one secret room, with a moving wall and mirrors. That's where I talk to Lee [Liberace]. His is the voice I hear in there. I feel his presence so very close to me."
" [Liberace] is like my guardian angel. He's even given me permission to record his theme song "I'll be seeing you". [Michael Jackson. Psychic News, Feb 14th. 1987.
When I hit the stage it's all of a sudden a magic form somewhere that comes and the spirit just hits you, and you lose control of yourself"
“It happens subliminally. It’s the music that compels me to do it. You don’t think about it, it just happens. I’m slave to the rhythm’ (1993 Oprah Winfrey interview [explaining the reason for the overt sexuality during his concerts], The Evening Star, Feb. 11, 1993, p. A10).
“I wake up from dreams and go ‘Wow, put this down on paper,’ the whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face. I feel that somewhere, someplace it’s been done and I’m just a courier bringing it into the world” (Rolling Stone, Feb. 17, 1983).
“When I hit the stage it’s all of a sudden a ‘magic’ from somewhere that comes and the spirit just hits you, and you just lose control of yourself” (Teen Beat: A Tribute to Michael Jackson, Summer 1984, p. 27).
"I don’t know if anyone has really understood what we’re trying to do. This isn’t just about shock value ... that’s just there to lure the people in. Once we’ve got ‘em we can give ‘em our message. (Hit Parader, Oct. 1996, p.28)
"Hopefully, I’ll be remembered as the person who brought an end to Christianity." (Spin, August 1996, p. 34).
“ I'm sick of people who think art has to be beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Art can be beautiful, but at the same time it can be scary, grotesque, and frightening. It doesn't make it less valuable..... The people who want to crucify me for my so-called violent views should sit down and read the bible. They should examine the virtues of wonderful "Christian" stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. In comparison to the stories in the Old Testament, I'm surprised that they don't find my songs far too tame and boring for their liking”. (Interview in May 2003 with NY Rock on the release of Manson’s new album The Golden Age of Grotesque).
Little Richard: "My true belief about Rock ‘n’ Roll — is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic . . . A lot of the BEATS in music today are taken from voodoo, from the voodoo DRUMS." (Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 197)
“I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness ... that a lot of people don’t believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan” (Little Richard, cited by Charles White, The Life and Times of Little Richard, p. 206).
Robert Plant: “Pagey had written the chords and played them for me. I was holding the paper and pencil, and for some reason, I was in a very bad mood. Then all of a sudden my hand was writing out words. … I just sat there and looked at the words and then I almost leaped out of my seat” (Davin Seay, Stairway to Heaven, p. 249).
Jimi Hendrix: "I can explain everything better though music. You hypnotize people to where they go right back to their natural state, and when you get people at their weakest point, you can preach into their subconscious what we want to say." (Life, October 3, 1969, p.4.)
Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash: "I figured that the only thing to do was steal their kids. I still think it's the only thing to do...I'm not talking about kidnapping...but about changing young people's value system." (Rolling Stone, Vol 1, p.410 )
Eddie Manson: (Oscar-winning composer and one-time president of the American Society of Music Arrangers) "We manipulate people like crazy ... Every film composer mixes his experiences with a talent for musical manipulation, and then projects that Machiavellian power gut to gut." (Chagall, p.15.) and "Music is used everywhere to condition the human mind. It can be just as powerful as a drug and much more dangerous, because nobody takes musical manipulation very seriously." (Family Weekly, January 30, 1983, p. 15)
Joni Mitchell: (Folk jazz artist), was described as follows: "Joni Mitchell's own strongest creative impulses come to her in a somewhat unusual way. She deeply believes in a male muse named Art who lends her his key to what she airily calls the 'Shrine of Creativity.' (Hit Parader, 1985.). “I feel like I'm married to this guy named Art, I'm responsible to my Art above all else." (Time magazine, (December, 16, 1974, p.63)
In 1974, JONI MITCHELL told the press of a male spirit who helps her write music. “Joni Mitchell credits her creative powers to a ‘male muse’ she identifies as Art. He has taken so much control of not only her music, but her life, that she feels married to him, and often roams naked with him on her 40-acre estate. His hold over her is so strong that she will excuse herself from parties and forsake lovers whenever he ‘calls’” (Why Knock Rock? p. 112, citing Time magazine, Dec. 16, 1974, p. 39).
Angus Young: (AC/DC guitarist) “...it’s like I’m on automatic pilot. By the time we’re halfway through the first number someone else is steering me. I’m just along for the ride. I become possessed when I get on stage” (Hit Parader, July 1985, p. 60).
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden: "We can play with conviction every night, because we totally believe in the music we're performing." (Hit Parader, Feb. 1985, p.6)
Glen Tipton Of Judas Priest: “I just go crazy when I go onstage … it’s like someone else takes over my body” (Hit Parader, Fall 1984, p. 6).
Ozzy Osbourne: "I don't know if I'm a medium for some outside force or not. Frankly, what ever it is I hope it's not what I think it is, Satan" (Hit Parader, Feb. 1978, p.24)
Marc Storace, vocalist with heavy-metal band Krokus “You can’t describe it [playing rock music] except to say it’s like a mysterious energy that comes from the metaphysical plane and into my body. It’s almost like being a medium....” (Circus, January 31, 1984, p. 70).
Robert Fripp, guitarist for King Crimson: “That certain feeling happened to me in a big way quite often with the first King Crimson. Amazing things would happen--I mean, telepathy, qualities of energy, things that I had never experienced before with music … you can’t tell whether the music is playing the musician or the musician is playing the music” ( Down Beat, June 1985, p. 61).
Jim Kerr lead singer and lyricist of Scottish band Simple Minds: “I believe inspiration comes through me and that I channel it” (Jim Kerr, Simple Minds, cited by Steve Turner, Hungry for Heaven, p. 147).
John McGlaughlin: "One night we were playing and suddenly the spirit entered into me and I was playing but it was no longer me playing." (Circus Magazine, April, 1972, p. 38)
Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics: (recorded backwards from the end of Side 2 of "Coup d'Etat") "The brain-washed do not know they are brain washed."
Van Halen's David Lee Roth "I'm gonna abandon my spirit to them which is exactly what I attempt to do. You work yourself up into that state and you fall into supplication of the demon gods..." [Van Halen's David Lee Roth. Interview w. Rock. April 1984. Pg 30]
Peter Rowan "I do believe that music itself is a spiritual force. The inspiration I feel is like a holy thing. It's beyond any words I can use to describe it." (Washington Times, March 7, 1986)
George Harrison: (explaining the origins of his Krishna consciousness) "When I was younger, with the after-effects of the LSD that opened something up inside of me in 1966, a flood of other thoughts came into my head which led me to the yogis." (Rolling Stone, November 5, 1987)
Derek Taylor (press officer for the Beatles): "They're completely anti-christ. I mean, I am anti-Christ as well, but they're so anti-Christ they shock me which isn't an easy thing." (Saturday Evening Post, Aug. 8, 1964).
John Lennon: "Christianity will go, it will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and will be proved right. . . .We're more popular than Jesus now." (San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 1966, p.26)
David Byrne of the Talking Heads: "If you go back into the history of American popular music, you're constantly finding hidden elements of Yoruba influence. The rhythms are there, the sensibility in the lyrics is there, too." (Rolling Stone, July 13th, 1989, p. 78) (Yoruba is a voodoo cult)
Timothy Leary: (Pharmacological guru of the rock 'n' roll generation, for whom John Lennon wrote the song "Come Together,") “Well, I've been an admirer of Aleister Crowley; I think that I'm carrying on much of the work that he started over 100 years ago. And I think the 60's themselves you know Crowley said he was in favor of finding your own self and "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" under love. It was very powerful statement. I'm sorry he isn't around now to appreciate the glories that he started.”
Peter Townshend: (The Who). “ Let me try and explain. When I’m on the stage I’m not in control of myself. I don’t even know who I am. I am not this rational person who can sit here and talk to you. If you walked on the stage with a microphone in the middle of a concert, I’d probably come close to killing you. I have come close to killing people who walked on stage. (Taped interview).
Mick Thompson (guitarist for Slipknot): "Christianity is a f---ing blight on humanity. There is nothing sicker that this world has ever seen than organized religion." (Rolling Stone, Oct. 11, 2001, p.58)
Madonna: "Crucifixes are sexy because there's a naked man on them." (Spin, (May, 1985), p. 44)
"Since I run with the devil, I'm one with the devil... I sold my soul to the devil, the price was cheap." [Let Me Fly].
I'm comin' in the house and I'm gunnin' for your spouse, tryin' to sent the [expletive] back to her maker.." "and if you got a daughter older than 15, I'm a rape her. Take her on the living room floor right there in front of you. I'm gonna make you suffer, see your [expletive in hell..." [X is Coming]
"I'll repent one day, just not right now, you hear my [expletive' all on the street, I'm kinda hot right now. [F'n with D]