Rocker Suzi Quatro chats to Yours about what counts

Rocker Suzi Quatro chats to Yours about what counts
  • Follow your instincts
    That's my life philosophy. You get in trouble when you go against what your gut's telling you – I'm a firm believer in that. Always tell the truth, too, and live by your moral code. That sounds like The Bible, doesn't it?  
    I'm a product of my upbringing. My mother, Helen, was a strict Catholic. I can't lie because my face shows everything. If I'm mad, you see. If I'm happy, you see. Honesty and knowing right from wrong are the characteristics I hope I've passed onto my children.
  • Give your all
    My dad, Art, was a musician and his advice was: 'When you go up on stage, give 100% or you've no business being up there.' That's what's kept me in the business for 51 years. I'll stand on my head and spit wooden nickels if that's what it takes for you to go out of a show with a smile on your face. I have a lot of energy... unfortunately, for some people. 
  • With friends, it's quality not quantity
    I don't have a huge amount of friends, I have a few. Once you get famous, you don't know if people are being nice because they like you or because you have a name. You have to depend on your Bullshit Antenna and work out people's motives. Sometimes it surprises you who you call when you're in trouble. Each person has a strength. You know who you can cry to or who you can bitch to. True friends are those you can call at three in the morning.
  • I'm a survivor 
    I've always been a soft touch emotionally. I'm over-sensitive – that goes hand-in-hand with being an artist. On the flip side, I'm not afraid to jump into the fire and come out the other side. I'll accept whatever challenge life throws me. 
  • Books and movies inspire me
    I'm a heavy reader. I love Shakespeare, I love poetry... I read everything from politics to trash. I'm a movie buff, too. I can recite entire dialogues. I can do Gone with the Wind from beginning to end. Movies are an escape – my enjoyment at the end of a day with a glass of good red wine.
  • Respect each other
    The main ingredient for love is respect. I've been with my second husband, Rainer, for 22 years. We respect each other – the most important thing – and we laugh – the second most important thing. If you can't laugh, you're finished. 
  • Chasing youth won't make you happy
    I don't care about getting older; I never have. I don't look in the mirror and think: 'I wish I was 25.' I'm 65. You can't change the process. Make friends with yourself. I wouldn't want to be a teenager again. I like being exactly who I am. 
  • Who made you who you are today?
    I did. I had self-belief. I had an unbelievable focus. I had a lot of discipline. I was going where I was going and nobody was going to stop me. I made me who I am. 

Suzi Quatro’s Quatrophonic is on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday nights until July 30 and includes a look back over the decades and some of Suzi's own songs. Listen again via

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