Phil Spector
Producer, songwriter, Orange County, California
September 1999
Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark


> I am dysfunctional by choice, and I love my attitude problem.

> lf you talk to God, you're praying. If God talks back, it's schizophrenia.

> I am constantly trapped in my own freedom, environment, and heredity.

> I prefer life on the outskirts of hell, located east of a rock and west of a hard place. And since we're all, in reality, living in God's waiting room, I'm okay where I'm at.

> One positive thing about old age is that you can remember everything that happened, even if it didn't happen.

> Today I find my life in a gloomy region, where the year is divided into one day and one night and lies entirely outside the stream of history. The purity of the air is without doubt due to the fact that the people around me have their windows closed. However, I guess my life is better than that of a poor, thin, spasmodic, hectic, shrill, and pallid being.

> It's easy to understand God as long as you don't have to explain him.

> If l owned both hell and Pasadena, I'd sell Pasadena and live in hell.

> There is nothing more terrifying than ignorance in action.

> Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage.

> The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

> In my next life, I want to come back as either a proctologist, so I can deal with all the assholes I meet, or as a matador, so I can deal with all the bullshit.

> Oh, I almost forgot. Bill Bailey just called and said he's not coming home.

> Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.

> Since I'm one of those people who are not happy unless they are not happy, it's comforting to know that mental health doesn't always mean being happy. If it did, nobody would qualify.

BORN: Bronx, New York, December 26,1940.  Spector is currently facing a murder charge.