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Corgan Gives Good Quotes


I had a laugh at Billy Corgan’s expense a few days ago about his full-page Chicago Tribune ad begging to get his Smashing Pumpkins back together. But in this week’s Onion, Corgan reveals himself to be a smart and decent man highly attuned to the machinations of pop and politics. And of course, the politics of pop.

"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. Like, "You know, I just rolled out of bed and I had this idea." 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. Why is it this weird white problem that we must pretend we are the genius? I really feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of some pretty big giants, and I’m really happy that I’m at that point in my life where I’m totally willing to cop to whatever."

There’s a lot more good quotes where that one came from. I’m beginning to like the man.

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