'Because I Failed Art School': Musicians On Why They Make Music

Tori Amos does it for the healing; Leonard Cohen does it just because he loves to. And David Bowie does it because he wants to be a superhuman.

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What drives people to be artists? There's, of course, no single answer. I've delved around and come up with a selection of quotes from my favorite musicians about how they got started on music, why it is they do what they do, and what they're hoping to achieve with the creation of their art.

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