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I am a feminist, and I define myself: Be yourself, because if you can get away with it, that is the ultimate feminist act.

I am a feminist, and I define myself: Be yourself, because if you can get away with it, that is the ultimate feminist act.

I don't know what the future holds. Anything is possible. ---->>>

It was a source of shame for my family that I was in rock and roll, which is so blue-collar. It just isn't done. And I felt it, too. ---->>>

I don't know; it just seemed like the cooler guys are playing Xbox. At least the ones I know. ---->>>

I love scoring. Putting music to picture is a rewarding challenge and one that relies on interpretation of emotion - as in, what is the pivotal feeling in a scene and which character's point of view is driving it at any given moment? ---->>>

Lana Del Rey seems to be bothering everybody because she allegedly 'remade' herself from a folk singing, girl-next-door type into an electro-urban kitty cat on the prowl (of course I like her), and they feel she is inauthentic. ---->>>

So how does Liz Phair feel about Lana Del Rey? Well, as a recording artist, I've been hated, I've been ridiculed, and conversely, hailed as the second coming. All that matters in the end is that I've been heard. ---->>>

When I use the Internet, it's pretty much strictly for music. Checking out other people's web sites, what's going on, listening to music. It's pretty much a musical thing for me. ---->>>

I love stretching myself musically. ---->>>

You know, you become an artist, you become an observer, of life, and you digest life by making art about it. ---->>>

I prance around and dance by myself to hip-hop songs in the mirror. ---->>>

It's about the journey and the process. I do things because I love doing them, or trying them. ---->>>

Wearing a veneer of perfection never did me any good. ---->>>

Everything that people lob at you who don't know you, it all hurts. When you're doing something as simple as making music, which really, theoretically, shouldn't hurt anyone - I mean, it's a song! Step back for five seconds and laugh. ---->>>

I always give the encore over to chaos, so people can yell out requests and I can hack my way through a song that I don't really know anymore. ---->>>

I blend my green drink every morning. I also fix my son a full-on American breakfast with bacon and toast. ---->>>

I don't always trust my own instincts. It would be nice if someone else would tell me what I should do with my life! ---->>>

I don't know why it surprises people that I surprise them. ---->>>

I just don't fit into the box. ---->>>

I try to see interviewing as performance art, and just take it as it comes. ---->>>

I was raised to be a very intelligent housewife. ---->>>

I'm competitive, so I don't like to feel marginalized by the people who sell a lot of records. ---->>>

People hang their hopes on you fitting into their CD collection in way that they have made a space for, but I'm playing a longer game than that. ---->>>

I wear clothes that most people in the Midwest would probably deem inappropriate at my age. And I rock a bikini all summer long. I know that it's not normal, but I just don't care. I live once. ---->>>

Am I coasting on some early success? Yeah. It was a good lucky break for me. But I would rather earn my way back again than simply conform to what people are expecting. ---->>>

I knew that collaborating on songwriting would be difficult for a lot of people, because I was known very much, for my independence and the fact that I wrote these quirky songs that were not typical structure, not typical sound - you know, really original stuff. ---->>>

It makes sense - you wanna gather a lot of people together, and Vegas really does that well. New York can, but you know the hassles. I've lived there. It's an entirely different beast. ---->>>

It seems to me like the Internet allows you to break that structure a little bit. You know, here's your CD that's going into stores, here's your EP that you offer online, here's a subscription for songs you recorded on the road, here's your live stuff streaming. ---->>>

Everyone wants to get into soundtracks. Everyone wants to do songs here and there. But, I think they want it for different reasons. I think I'm just tumbling through my life, enjoying playing with everybody. ---->>>

I have that thrill-seeking mentality, so when people want to know why my incarnations keep changing, or why I'll do something different than I did before, it's that same impulse. ---->>>

The big news already broke. The file-sharing and all that stuff, it's a done deal. And I think figuring out how to make that a fair exchange for the people that make music is still an issue. ---->>>

My nails are a disaster. If I play guitar when my nails are long, I just tear them off. ---->>>

I'm really happy to be a mom, and I'm proud of the phase I'm in. ---->>>

I remember even getting kicked out of a bar once because I was too loud and obnoxious. ---->>>

I just want to make music and make a living. I just have to find the means of doing that. ---->>>

Picture being forced to talk endlessly about your feelings and listen and care when what you needed was just to get something done. ---->>>

There's nothing wrong at all with women wanting to be women. ---->>>

You have to do what you need to do as an artist. You have to have that courage. ---->>>

The other day I was reading a blog and I linked over to Streisand's Web site, and it was amazing politically. She's so insightful and incisive. And she also says whatever she wants. ---->>>

You're really creative when you're in an environment that you don't know how to handle. So collaborating was like that for me. I think that was one of the reasons why I knew I was gonna get a challenging reaction. ---->>>

I don't think you can spend too much time as an artist believing what other people think. ---->>>

I have my head screwed on right. I haven't been this way in a long time. ---->>>

I mean, I think about it, but I don't design my record to get a certain public response. ---->>>

I think good art happens on that edge between comfortable and in a lot of pain, you know what I mean? ---->>>

I'm always champing at the bit to try everything new. It's a terrible quality that I have. ---->>>

I'm known for being annoyingly gender-focused. It's always been my platform. ---->>>

I'm very cerebral. I like to think things through. ---->>>

Now, in music, it seems more like the popular crowd suppresses anyone who is different. ---->>>

When you love what you do, you're happy just doing it! ---->>>

Yeah, I like to be the maker of the art. And I like and want the money. But I don't really dig being famous. ---->>>

After my first record came out, I read everything. I was so amazed that I was in the press. ---->>>

All parents gush about what it's like to be a parent. I love it. ---->>>

I am comfortable performing now. I love it! ---->>>

I am just like you and everyone else. I am trying to live my life as best I can. ---->>>

I can't say I don't get nervous, but I really kind of enjoy performing now. ---->>>

I don't have the same access or time to gain access to music the way I used to. ---->>>

I don't like being approached by people who look at me too intensely, who needed something from me that I didn't have. I don't represent anything. ---->>>

I think I write songs because of pent-up feelings. ---->>>

I'm working on a proper rock record, a good, old-school rock record. Finally. ---->>>

I've lost touch with a lot of that boutique-type music just because of my age, and raising my son and the multiple jobs I have at this point. ---->>>

It's important to have people who will say to you that you're really off the beaten track. ---->>>

My career has been riddled with controversy, which I never fully understand. ---->>>

No matter how I do this, my best songs have profanity in them. ---->>>

Women artists need to break barriers in order for women's experience to be valuable. ---->>>

I was trying to break out of the suburbs, and when I did break out, I don't think I took my whole self with me - I think I played a role of being too cool and hip. ---->>>

Composing gives me a chance to work in multiple dimensions and helps me pare down my melodies into what is essential. Learning new skills has always energized me and scoring has opened up a world of sonic possibilities. ---->>>

Guys don't really don't wanna hear if it's really smart, and women feel uncomfortable if you reveal stuff they're going to have to remember they did themselves. ---->>>

I ended up becoming so self-conscious that my songs stopped being about my life and started being about what people thought of my music. And that was really bad. ---->>>

I mean, I kind of remember... I'm 36 now, so it's kind of hard for me to relate to what it was like when I was 25, or 24, but I do remember a period in time when that's how I defined who I was, by the music I listened to and the movies I went to. ---->>>

I probably had some impact, because everyone keeps telling me that I did. I like to feel like I'm coming out with something to try to make room for other young women to make their art. ---->>>

I'm just out of touch with new music in general, and I only know about it if I'm hanging out with someone that knows about it, or I catch it on YouTube. ---->>>

Like, I kind of developed my musical style in a vacuum. Even though I listen to a lot of stuff, the way I wrote was in my bedroom, really privately. It's still the way I write, actually. ---->>>

My identity has everything to do with me and my instrument. It doesn't have to do with what production style I use, or how many people played on it, whether it's sparse or grandiose or whatever. And I'm social, frankly. ---->>>

That's what music is to me. Like, stuff that I really like to play loud. And I've got my quiet CDs, too, that I listen to around the house, but if you can't go there, then... Everyone gets so upset with me, I can't win. ---->>>

Women's bodies are used to sell anything and everything because it works, it grabs people's attention, and advertisers aren't going to stop using something that works. ---->>>

Young kids don't have their identity, so everything is so important. Now I'm mature. I know who I am and I know what my thing is and I know what I'm bringing. It's very clear and defined. ---->>>


Name: Liz Phair
Nationality: American
Born: 04-17, 1967
Occupation: Musician

Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly Sound, before signing with the independent record label Matador Records. Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (wikipedia)