John Cale
Fear Is A Man's Best Friend - John Cale

John Cale - Quotes

About Cale

Leee Childers

"I was staying at the Tropicana Hotel in Hollywood. One day we heard all this noise. We looked across the parking lot to the other side where the noise was coming from and suddenly the whole door of this room came flying out onto the balcony, and there stood John Cale. He couldn't work the doorknob, so he just knocked the door down, right off the hinges."

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Tony Conrad

"What I had learned first about John Cale was that he had written a piece which pushed a piano down a mine shaft. We hungered for music almost seething beyond control - or even something just beyond music, a violent feeling of soaring unstoppably, powered by immense angular machine across abrupt and torrential seas of pounding blood."

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Jayne County

"John Cale is fantastic, and he made the sound of the Velvet Underground."

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Nat Finkelstein

"Never knew whether John Cale wanted to be Elvis Presley, Frankenstein's creature or the young Chopin."
"John Cale is a fucking elitist. He did not like the people he was playing for. He's Welsh, and they're all nasty bastards."

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Margaret Moser

"Rounding the corner, I ran headlong into a man dressed in black, wearing mirrored shades and a silver hardhat. He pushed me back at arm's length, pausing ever so briefly. I jumped back against the wall as he and the band filed past. The man in black looked back at me over his sunglasses as he ascended the stairs to the stage, and I melted. So this was John Cale!"

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Lou Reed

"I only hope that one day John will be recognized as ... the Beethoven or something of his day. He knows so much about music, he's such a great musician. He's completely mad - but that's because he's Welsh."

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Chris Sullivan

"John Cale is from Aberdare in Wales and went to the local grammar school. It's a hard, rough and surprisingly violent place, where huge bar brawls and street fights are considered normal. To grow up as the son of a teacher, play the cello and then be a child prodigy must have been hard work for Cale, and no mistake."

Chris Sullivan

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Ingrid Superstar

"John Cale? Good grief! I couldn't begin to describe him. He's just funny-looking..... He looks like the devil."

Ingrid Superstar

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