Billy Corgan

Fur is a contentious issue. Meat is a contentious issue. GMOs are a contentious issue. I think this whole thing going on about whether or not products should be labeled if they have GMOs in them – I, as a consumer, would like to know if I’m eating GMO food. If I choose to buy it then it’s my choice.

The mythology in rock n’ roll is that I’m a bit of a loose cannon. Yet I’ve produced more music than anybody in my generation. So how much of a loose cannon am I? But the general public believes that I’m a loose cannon, so let them believe it. I’m not going to correct them.

Now the expectation is that, once the public decides that the artist is gentrified, the public demands that the artist stop growing. And [the public] actually puts all their energy into reasserting or re-establishing what the artist has long ago left behind. Because that’s what they want. The source of creativity, the gift that’s been given, be damned.

I think I kind of approached music with this sort of, like, weird thing where I kinda set myself up where I could kinda be myself but not really. I kinda had a backdoor out. So if you criticized me, I kinda had my defenses working. And the problem is that some people seize on that as inauthenticity, which is understandable. So that’s painful because it’s not that you’re being inauthentic…there’s a difference between being a poseur and being someone who’s so emotionally challenged they’re kind of just doing their best to show you what they’ve got.

As far as a theoretical point of view for my generation, I’m probably the most successful theoretician. I mean, double albums and concepts and dresses and major disasters and wonderful successes and yet you don’t see the critical review of my work. Why? Because it’s all focused on the persona. Billy Corgan. But I get to sort of jump in and be Billy Corgan. But then I get to sort of jump back out and be like, sensitive man in the corner.