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The wisdom of Ian Brown

  • To Jay-Z: "[The Noel Gallagher Glastonbury spat] actually did you a favour, because if it was a war, you just took the country that week." (The new issue of NME, on sale Wednesday 30 September).

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    Added: 29 Sep 2009

  • On Oasis: "The Roses should have made it as the biggest band since The Beatles, but we didn't. But a band that did was put on to it by us, so that makes me feel great." (The Guardian, 2002).

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    Added: 23 Sep 2009

  • On The Stone Roses: “We George Bested it, for sure. We had it all at our feet and we threw it all away." (The Guardian, 2002). Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On The Bible: “Amazing. It's a work of historical fact. I like the story of Mary [Magdalene] being the prophet. Mary fuelling JC with his powers an' all that. (Top Of The Pops, 2005). Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On women: “I've never chatted up a girl in me life. I've always let girls come to me. I've never approached a girl to chat her up.” (Top Of The Pops, 2005). Pic: Marc Hayden

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • On prison: "Dirty. The food was like dog food. And boring. About as low as you can go, unless you were confined to a wheelchair, I'd say." (The Guardian, 2002). Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • On talent: “Belief outweighs talent. Self-belief’s got me everything, self-belief.” (Clashmusic.com, 2009).

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009

  • On drugs: “I always think it’s a lie that people out of their faces are cool. There’s nothing cool about it, you’re just losing yourself.” (Rockhack.com, 2000). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009

  • On Michael Jackson’s death: “He kind of died for me back in ’93 when I heard all the Jordan Chandler [sexual abuse] allegations. He was no longer really a hero of mine.” (Time Out, 2009). Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On new music: “Whatever’s happening, there’s always four kids out there working on some tunes that are going to change the world. I always believe that.” (Time Out, 2009)

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On hobbies: “I think every man toils the Earth at some point but usually he waits till he's 60 or 70. I thought no, I’ll do it now. I’ll go and do old people's gardens.” (NME, 1998). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 24 Mar 2009

  • On being misunderstood: "People confuse my confidence with arrogance. All we were ever saying was, 'We're beautiful, and so are you'." (The Independent, 1998).

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On life: “I do think that love, sex and death are the most important things in life.” (NME, 1990). Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On suicide: “All those people that commit suicide want a slap on the other side…” (NME, 1990). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On Kurt Cobain: “I never liked his LPs or anything but I loved his voice. To me he was the best white singer since John Lennon.” (NME, 1990). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On meeting John Squire: "He was getting his head kicked in in the second year at school and I jumped over and pulled the kid off. I thought, 'He lives up my road, I'm not having that'." (The Guardian, 2005). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 24 Mar 2009

  • On spirituality: “Everyone is spiritual... some people are just more aware of it than others.” (NME, 1990)

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On being working class: "Just because I'm a successful singer who's loved and has been loved for years doesn't mean I'm sitting behind electric gates in my own fantasy land." (BBC, 2009). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • Giving fashion advice: “With flares coming back, you can’t wear anything wider than 21 inches because anything more looks ridiculous.” (NME, 1989)

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On reaching your dreams: “People tend to settle for the fiver rather than going for the pot of gold.” (NME, 1989) Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On Robbie Williams: “I call him a ‘stripper for kids’. But look at him now, he’s as big as Elvis.” (Rockhack.com, 2000). Pic: Dean Chalkley

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009

  • On Oasis' split: “Life's hard enough without scrapping with your brother when you're a grown man." (NME, 2009). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • On hell: "Hell is being stuck in a lift with Elton John and the Queen Mother." (The Independent, 1998). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009

  • On posterity: "I'm the only singer that will never be copied on Stars In Their Eyes. There's no-one to do me, because they're all in bands making a living from my act." (The Independent, 1998). Pic: PA Photos

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    Added: 28 Sep 2009