Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Rock Quotes from famous persons: Hayley Williams, Ron White, M. Shadows, Edward Furlong, Douglas Tompkins. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Rock Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.
I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd, the Doors, Elton John, Sabbath, Metallica, GN’R, Megadeth – just classic rock, classic metal stuff.
Parents walk a fine line between discipline and grace – values have to hold even when circumstances change or call for compromise or compassion. It’s the ultimate challenge to be both firm and fluid, soft and strong, yielding yet rock solid.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say this again: NXT is like a rock concert, roller coaster ride.
I love going to my supermarket. Sounds so rock ‘n’ roll, eh?
Rock ‘n’ roll is a crazy world, and it’s how things work out you can’t predict.
The marketing department is really an important part of getting an animated film to work. If the people running it are used to selling live action films and the hard rock music and the sex and all those things… Anything outside that, they just don’t know what to do with it.
It’s wonderful for me to see what ‘We Will Rock You’ has done. ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions‘ have kind of transcended the normal framework of where music is listened to and appreciated – they’ve become part of public life, which I feel wonderful about.
I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
Kane is a band I formed with my best friend Steve Carlson. We just got together and started playing guitar. He was playing some old school rock and roll, and we got together and thought, ‘Hey, let’s take this on the road.’
One Christmas, Dennis Dermody, the movie critic of ‘Paper,’ gave me ‘Rock Hudson: A Gathering of Friends,’ the master invitation list from Rock Hudson’s memorial service. It’s so great. Everyone’s in it, with personal addresses all bound into a book. Someone else once gave me Ike Turner‘s will. I get great stuff.
I just take rock songs and mix it with hip-hop and a little bit of R&B.
Sex and drugs and rock and roll.
When I was a kid, I used to make skateboarding videos, and I would pretend to be in a band and make rock videos that I’d edit with two VCRs.
Whether it’s a blatant homage or unconscious mimicry, the Rolling Stones have permanently, indelibly influenced how rock stars look and behave.
’30 Rock’ is probably one of my favorite shows. It’s just joke after joke after joke.
My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.
New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.
I would describe my look as ‘ladylike rock chick.’
Rock and roll promotes a primitive and destructive lifestyle. Metal can be seen as a subgenre of rock and roll, and thus, metal is not much better.
I like jazz, rock n’ roll, some hip hop – I can’t think of any music I don’t like.
A live performance is the same no matter what genre it is. Wrestling, rock ‘n roll, hosting, acting – it’s the same thing.
If you want to release your aggression, get up and dance. That’s what rock and roll is all about.
It was the early days of Rock ‘n’ Roll in this country. We were all struggling to learn music, it might be Country, Jazz, Classical, Blues or even Rock ‘n’ Roll.
I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.
You know, technology CEOs like to think of themselves as rock ‘n roll stars.
To me, punk rock is the freedom to create, freedom to be successful, freedom to not be successful, freedom to be who you are. It’s freedom.
I can watch anything from 1970s West Coast rock to 1990s electro-funk – I don’t care.
Rock music is not meant to be perfect.
The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often the writer’s main motivation is to become friends with the band. They’re not really journalists; they’re people who want to be involved in rock and roll.
I’m not so rock and roll. I’m more techno.
I have such an eclectic taste in music. Come to a backyard BBQ at my house, and I will run the gamut from Skynyrd to Sinatra to ’90s grunge, rap, R&B, and classic rock. I have issues. If I had to pick one, I love this country artist named Craig Morgan. His music and his songs are so relatable and tell such vivid stories.
If I had more confidence, I would rock a crop top.
We just dig Southern rock ‘n’ roll. It hasn’t been represented well at all. So, we want to see the people in the South get their music out.
I was a sort of rock journalist – whatever that is – in London in the late ’60s.
Rock and roll is not just music, it is a way of life, it has its own spirit.
Sure, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, but I don’t know if we’ve had more than any other rock band… we just have a way of getting ourselves into hot water.
Rock and roll doesn’t necessarily mean a band. It doesn’t mean a singer, and it doesn’t mean a lyric, really. It’s that question of trying to be immortal.
Look! Don’t be deceived by appearances – men and things are not what they seem. All who are not on the rock are in the sea!
I think the problem with a lot of the fusion music is that it’s extremely predictable, it’s a rock rhythm and the solos all play the same stuff and they play it over and over again and there’s a certain musical virtuosity involved in it.
I’m a big Black Crowes guy. I think they are one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands ever.
Crime fiction is the new rock n’ roll.
When I was a teenager, I went to Europe on a backpacking trip by myself, and I met a woman who was following Sebadoh. It was the early 1990s, and that was my introduction to indie rock.
I was at rock bottom for a year and a half – and the people who got me out of my rut were my fans.
My dad has been playing guitar basically all his life. He’s sort of who got me into rock music.
Am I a rock star? Yeah, I guess.
I just want to be an inspiration. I’m a rock star, I’m Future Hendrix.
When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.
When I’m back home, all I wear is African fabric. All I really rock is the traditional stuff.
It’s better for me to play with guys because Rock ‘n’ Roll has such an aggressive attitude.
Antoine ‘Fats‘ Domino was a 1950s rock n’ roll pioneer, a larger-than-life New Orleans figure, and a role model for the African-American community in a time of deep segregation.
It’s actually not that hard to play guitar in a rock band.
I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited.
I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.
What is remarkable about Joy Division is the way they are bereft of two of the mainstays of most other rock and pop: longing and supplication.
They wouldn’t play my records on American radio because I had spiky hair. They said, ‘Punk rock doesn’t sell advertising, it won’t make any money.’
I don’t listen to a ton of rock music.
Rock is so much fun. That’s what it’s all about – filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.
With technology and social media and citizen journalism, every rock that used to go unturned is now being flipped, lit and put on TV.
I really do listen to all types of music, not only rock, but everything from good pop music – which is usually older pop music – to R&B and indie rock. I love indie rock more than a lot of the commercial stuff that you’d expect.
Having followed the wireless industry long enough, I can tell you that building and supporting an application for different platforms is as tough as climbing a straight wall of rock.
It’s true that we come from the electronic scene in the ’90s, but maybe just two years before that we were not listening to electronic music. We like music in general, and maybe we’re more close to the rock energy or the rock aesthetic.
I’m not gonna be a slave. I’m a rock n’ roller.
Latin music has many international influences – pop, rock, country, Brazilian sounds, and alternative styles.
I wanted to play this part: the goofy rock and roller who can’t hang up his guitar when it’s clear to everyone else that he should.
I had a stunt double for ‘The Bronze.’ She’s literally the most amazing human being I’ve ever seen. She’s NCAA women’s gymnastics champion. She was incredible. I would poke her thighs, and my nail would break because it was like poking a rock.
I’ve been blessed to have insanely hip parents who think of me as their little Chris Rock.
When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other.
We were poor. My mother got our clothes out of the free box at the church, you know? So much of when you’re a kid is about relating about what you watch on TV. And who’s got these cooler shoes, and ‘Let’s trade lunches.’ And I was just like, ‘I don’t have a television. I have a rock and a piece of tofu.’
I used to think of ‘alternative rock’ as a radio format, kind of the way ‘indie rock’ used to have more meaning. But it means different things depending on where you are or what country you’re in.
Blues became rock, rock became soul, and all of it was colorblind.
The expression of this idea is Queens of the Stone Age, but the idea is that you will never slack on the music and will always humble yourself at the alter of Rock.
I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first of all, has got to be put into the context of being an American cultural showcase. It’s there to be a museum showcase of all that’s great about American music.
Rock isn’t a young music anymore. I don’t think it’s necessarily even a youth-oriented music.
Lemmy is, I think, for anybody in the world of rock n’ roll – you don’t have to be a bass player – he is a pioneer, and he was true to his music and also the lover of a lot of different styles of music.
Too pop for punk, too ‘old school’ for the New Wave, Mumps were a ’70s era New York rock band, out of time.
Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music.
Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.
I’ve always liked pop music. There was a bit of a misunderstanding with the avant-garde rock scene, because I think I was sort of swimming the wrong way, really.
I can’t tell you what I had for breakfast, but I can sing every single word of rock and roll.
If you’d asked me when I was six, 16, and 26, I wanted nothing more than to be a big, recognized rock star. Especially when I was six and 16, because I thought that if I was a known guitar player in a known band, only cute girls would talk to me.
I’m very proud of The Rock.
How can you have a rock n’ roll circus without a midget?
I’m not a folk or jazz singer, more a hard-edged pop singer – with some rock, and song hooks.
We’re a rock group. we’re noisy, rowdy, sensational and weird.
Energy is so important. If you don’t have it, don’t bother with rock and roll.
That’s what drew me to rock music in the first place – that sense of remaking the world on your own terms.
I’m not cool enough to hang out with any rock stars. Jay-Z doesn’t come over to my house. I don’t hang out with Ted Nugent.
I sang in a rock band when I was training as a lawyer. You know, not professional, we just did it for fun. We just did gigs all over Edinburgh and some in Glasgow and some at festivals.
It is proper that noble spirits, equipped with truth and enlightened with the Divine intelligence, should arm themselves against dense ignorance by climbing up to the high rock and tower of contemplation.
I came over here and worked for rock magazines, and I worked for Rolling Stone, which has a very high standard of journalism, a very good research department.
I loved being a rock and roll star, but it wasn’t what I wanted in life.
People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing – continue to rock it – because obviously, God wants you here.
Everybody has forgotten about showmanship. People don’t look like rock stars any more. They just look like regular dudes off the street.
I love rock music, dance music, so it depends on my mood. But I mainly listen to dance music before going out on court.
Music was segregated in the ’80s, and then in the ’90s the boundaries started to break down, and rock kids got into electronic music. But then you got this reverse snobbery where people would only listen to electronic music and not rock.
I’m into the old school. I listen to rock, soft rock, jazz, old school R&B.
It’s a terrible thing to go through life thinking that you have a rock on your side when you haven‘t.
Rock n’ roll to me is all about freedom of thought and to be whatever you want to be.
Every 15, 20, 25 years, a new rock and roll record needs to come out and a new rock and roll band needs to come out.
Well, Freddie Mercury is a really huge rock star in my head. I’ve always thought he was just so tough and such an amazing entertainer, really a contradiction in many ways as well. So he was incredible.
It’s illegal to be gay in Little Rock – this is such a reality for so many people, but once people get to these bubbles of New York or L.A. or Boulder, Colorado, they forget.
‘Wii Music’ elevates the scope of music video games by moving beyond commentary on what music is – as ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero’ do – to suggesting what it could be. Yet I’m still left wondering: Couldn’t it be more?
The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.
If I go without rock for too long, I feel depressed.
In 1905 Albert discovered Relativity, in 1906 he invented Rock and Roll.
Everyone tries to compare cooks to rock stars. I see more comparisons to the fashion world.
If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!
For some young people, their first experience ever hearing punk rock music was playing the Green Bay Packers on ‘Madden‘.
Some say that Jesus is the rock, or the anchor. I say that your friends and family are your anchor. And you can really hold their hands, not just sing about it. No disrespect to George Jones.
Looking back on the production of ‘Nevermind,’ I’m embarrassed by it now. It’s closer to a Motley Crue record than it is a punk rock record.
I don’t want to see old people doing rap or rock and roll. It makes me cringe.
Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.
Queen songs are not about the life of a rock star – they tend to be about the lives of normal people, which is why I think the songs connect so much. We’re very lucky that they seemingly connect with every generation.
‘Sunshine Superman‘ was a pioneering work that for the first time presented a fusion of Celtic, jazz, folk, rock, and Indian music as well as poetry.
I had done a lot of rock ‘n’ roll photography when I was in college. I was one of many photographers who worked for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and all of these rock ‘n’ roll bands.
This rock thing got in the way of my teaching career.
I’m not a rock star. Sure I am, to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star, I say leave me alone, I’m not a rock star. I’m not in it for the fame, I’m in it because I like to play.
I know I’m not Freddie Mercury or Ann Wilson, and that’s okay. You don’t have to be a great singer to sing rock and roll. That’s not what it’s about.
Every musician, their goal in life is to play music that people love, and I’ve accomplished my goal. I was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and left that chapter of my life and those people in the past. Good and bad, I’ve loved and am thankful for that chapter.
What you’re looking at there is my arm, going into the rock… and there it is – stuck. It’s been without circulation for 24 hours. It’s pretty well gone.
My mother’s records were formative for me, but when I became a teenager, I wanted to find songs that she wasn’t hip to. She was so hip, though, that I had to go outside rock n’ roll – so for about 10 years, I only listened to hip-hop, house and techno.
Sometimes I worked with just a background of a rock or a tree or black velvet, and just had to imagine the whole thing.
When I lost seven of my toes on Nanga Parbat and small parts of my fingertips I knew I’d never be a great rock climber. So I specialized in high-altitude climbing.
In that, Blade 2 is very much like a rock concert… if it’s too loud, you’re too old.
I never thought of punk rock as the absolute act of rebellion for the sake of rebellion. There’s a lot of that in there, but for me I think punk rock was always about questioning things and making decisions for yourself, which is a great message to pass on to your kids.
Mick Jagger can’t even make a successful solo album, and the Stones are the biggest rock group that ever was.
What I wanted to do in rock ‘n roll was merge poetry with sonic scapes, and the two people who had contributed so much to that were Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.
You’re talking to someone who really understands rock music.
Anyone who’s 71 years old would look ridiculous singing rock.
We did that with people like Chris Rock, Woody Harrelson, and the environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill.
Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also.
All I really wanted to do was make an album that was going to be just back to what I like to do… And it was a coincidence that these new bands, this new wave of bands, were doing Alice and Iggy rock.
Def Leppard is a rock band that can sing.
I am almost always, when I’m at home in the evening after work, in a silk bathrobe I got from India. Like, I never take off this bathrobe. I have a series of Indian silk bathrobes that I love, and that’s what I rock all the time.
I think rock records tend to be very expensive.
My obsession with hip-hop has given me an addiction to trainers, which are very much a young person‘s game, and I am known to rock a full tracksuit, under the pretence that it’s more comfortable to travel in.
I love coming to Detroit. First getting to be buddies with Kid Rock in the beginning, and him being really great to us, showing us love, the love of the city. I feel like it’s our city now, too.
I just like heavy music in general – from heavy rock and heavy metal and heavy rap and heavy everything. I’ve always been attracted to it.
If you break down most rock songs and look at the lyrics on a piece of paper, it’s all about melody. It’s all about presentation. And a lot of bands are really great, but you can’t understand a word of what they say.
People like to compare something to something that they know. Even with Chris Rock, they say he’s like Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy.
I am not a rock star or a movie star; I’m a businessperson. I definitely know who my friends are. I’m much more open and trusting than, say, my daughter is.
Of course having a baby derails the writing process for some time. And I will be the first to say that I have essentially no social life, because there’s just nothing left after being a mom, professor, and writer. I used to be big into rock climbing. No more. A lot falls by the wayside.
Rock on out.
I was roundly criticized for being in and around rock & roll music at its inception. It was the devil’s music: it would make your teeth fall out and your hair turn blue, whatever the hell. You get through that.
Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind.
Plus, I very much like the feeling of height, and buildings have even more of a feeling of height than rock faces.
Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.
I don’t have no favorite rock bands. I’m a fan of rock music, though.
Dance music cannot compete with a really great rock n’ roll song. There ain’t no DJ that’s gonna play something that can take ‘Mr Brightside’ or ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger.’
A 30-year-old rock climber is an old man. At 40, one is in the middle of his high-altitude power. At 50, a crosser of deserts is at his best age. But at 60, each of us is out of the game.
It’s like people call me a rock star or this or that. And I go, ‘Don’t call me that. I don’t think of myself in those terms. If you have to call me anything, call me a chameleon.
I hate most of what constitutes rock music, which is basically middle-aged crap.
As we move towards resolution and understanding and greater serenity in all aspects of our life, love’s pretty elemental and that’s nice to know. I think rock ‘n’ roll is the same. I don’t pretend to understand it; it feels confusing and frightening and wonderful.
Personally, I’ve realized that the tradition I thought of as too safe, too pretty, and too conventional is the space where women have been able to gain some practical ground. The area of music where we thought the status quo was really being upset – specifically hard rock – has actually remained the most male-dominated.
I’m a big rock star, I got a beautiful girl, and they still call me a fag. Its’ like high school never ends – the jocks are always on top.
In my view, the only thing worse than a rock star is a rock star with a conscience.
I think my wife saw a picture of the rock group Journey, and they’re kind of aging, and the one guy had dyed blonde hair with black roots, and… my idea was to get a little earring, I wanted to have a dangling earring.
I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts.
Punk rock really influenced me, the basic metal bands, Zeppelin, Stones and Floyd, and Southern rock bands. I think I was pretty well-rounded.
We didn’t go for music that sounded like blues, or jazz, or rock, or Led Zeppelin, or Rolling Stones. We didn’t want to be like any of the other bands.
Part of me feels it’s better we’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Classic rock, psychedelic rock – I like to dig up old music and see what I can get influenced by.
I’m trying to make music that I like, and I love hip-hop. At the same time, I love guitar. I love rock and everything.
Most people are living lives of sort of survival. And constantly posing an existential crisis, either through fantasy or oblivion, really has been pretty much explored in rock and roll. At least in the western version of rock n’ roll.
I’ve always been spiritual but I’ve never had a proper context, and it took me awhile to find the proper context. It’s hard to realize you can have any kind of relationship with God you want… and so I now have a punk rock relationship with God.
There’s an edge to real rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all that matters.
Rock n’ roll is the Devil’s music.
I thank God for all the independent hard rock that I grew up with.
I started listening to gospel when I was a little boy and my grandmother used to rock me on her lap.
I like to go rock scrambling.
Rock n’ roll is not just a fashion statement; it is the attitude, and it has a political posturing as well.
Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.
Pink Floyd, the most successful progressive rock band of all time, have stood the test of time because the emphasis was always on melody and atmosphere.
I think it had something to do with my love of music, especially rock music.
I have never had a social life, don’t ever want one because it’s boring. I’m just not very good with people, and you meet people every night who expect you to be this rock star with these developed social skills, which I don’t have.
The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star.
I come from a very musical family. My dad taught me to play guitar. I play violin and drums as well. Violin, I started in elementary school. Drums actually came when I was in a program called ‘Rock Star,’ which was really awesome. We were doing a song by the Ramones, so I thought, ‘Why not play the drums?’
Music is in Mississippi‘s DNA, whether it’s the blues, country music, folk, or rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not just a source of cultural pride, but also a strong contributor to our economy.
If your album sells, that’s cool, more people find out about you, more people get turned on to what we’re really about-which is a live rock and roll band.
Being able to fantasize for a couple of days at being a rock singer surpassed most things I’ve done on stage.
I consider myself a rock climber but the definition of rock climbing as has changed.
I was a fan of the group. I thought they were great – loved The Eagles – but I thought that their beautiful harmonies would sound amazing with some rock guitar behind them.
I grew up listening to all kinds of music, everything from country to rock, pop, R&B and even rap, so for me, music is music and a great song is a great song.
My mom loved rock n’ roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.
I’m about as privileged as you can get. I’m a white, male, heterosexual front man of a rock band.
I started out in the folk music world only because of the way my songs were written and performed, with just an acoustic guitar, but I always related to the rock n’ roll lifestyle.
My musical roots and inspiration lie not in rock n’ roll or metal music, but first and foremost in classical music, balalaika, and in underground house music.
I like everything from hard-style techno to rock n’ roll.
The Midnight Express and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express were the greatest tag team rivalry of all time and drew more money than any other tag team rivalry probably in history, and I did manage the WWF champion and WWF Tag Team champion at different points in time but my phone hasn’t rung and I haven’t lost sleep over it.
This isn’t meant to make me sound interesting and rock ‘n’ roll, but I wouldn’t want to live with me a lot of the time.
I’m not a big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s just a personal thing, not an ego thing.
Originally, what we call rock ‘n’ roll was nothing more than an attempt of very bad white performers to sound like black rhythm-and-blues performers. They did their best to emulate, they did their best to paraphrase. And that started what later became rock ‘n’ roll.
What I wanted to do was play the guitar but I don’t like instrumental rock. I think it is tripe.
The most influential thing was the two Chris Rock specials that came out when I was in high school. I was obsessed with that stuff.
I’m not in the leftist controlled Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of my political views, primarily my lifelong militant support of the NRA, the Second Amendment, and my belief that the only good bad guy is a dead bad guy.
You know, Neil Young is singing Rock n’ roll will never die, and Neil never rocked and rolled in his life. I mean, he rocked, but he didn’t roll. He has got no swing in him.
Family is very important to me because that is the footprint we perpetuate. That is, the ripple in the water when the rock first impacts the pool, and it is those waves, that energy that one produces, that determines our direction.
I’m like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road.
I was never interested in being a rock star. I always wanted to be Boris Karloff.
Our responsibility is to rally and lead the whole party and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups, take up this historic baton and continue working hard for the great renewal of the Chinese nation, so that we will stand rock firm in the family of nations and make fresh and greater contribution to mankind.
I hate the rock music tradition. I can’t bear it!
I never wanted to be an opera singer. I wanted to be an actress, maybe a rock singer.
I do live like a rock star, but it’s not as great as it sounds. It’s a lot of traveling.
Heart has always been a rock band. It’s always been hard-rock.
You know, rock stardom… I have a hard time discussing that because I don’t really accept it. It’s not really that tangible. What’s really bizarre is how it’s used as a thing – you know, ‘He’s the rock star of politics,’ ‘He’s the rock star of quarterbacks’ – like it’s the greatest thing in the world.
If you don’t own the stage, you shouldn’t be in rock n’ roll.
We have boys now, and men, in the rock and roll business and all the show business, who have this reaction on women. They scream. They yell. They do all sorts of wild things.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.’
Rock stars are incredibly energizing to me.
A lovely nook of forest scenery, or a grand rock, like a beautiful woman, depends for much of its attractiveness upon the attendance sense of freedom from whatever is low; upon a sense of purity and of romance.
I always want to rock.
When it came to music growing up, it wasn’t just gospel and R&B. My uncle brought rock n’ roll to me when I was younger, and I loved it. I was open to all music.
DJs are the new rock stars.
When people talk about the ’60s I never think that was me there. It was me and I was in it, but I was never enamoured with all that. It’s supposed to be sex and drugs and rock and roll and I’m not really like that. I’ve never really seen the Rolling Stones as anything.
Because the blues is the basis of most American music in the 20th century. It’s a 12-bar form that’s played by jazz, bluegrass and country musicians. It has a rhythmic vocabulary that’s been used by rock n’ roll. It’s related to spirituals, and even the American fiddle tradition.
I’ll tell you sort of an odd story: My music taste changed on 9/11. And it’s very strange. I actually intellectually find this very curious. But on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me.
When it comes down to it, glam rock was all very amusing. At the time, it was funny, then a few years later it became sort of serious-looking and a bit foreboding.
I’m always on the go. I love doing things until I hit rock bottom. Then I need my 12 hours of sleep, and I’m on the go again.
Frank Zappa… was Beethoven for insane rock guys.
My dad is a huge rock n’ roll lead guitar fan.
Washington and Lincoln mean as much to us as any two men could mean to a civilization, a people, and age, but I told Mr. Coolidge when he dedicated this monument that this rock is being carved with a monument that will outlive our government.
These were all middle-class kids from literary backgrounds, joining this sort of train going by, this pop train, jumping on. Whereas the rest of the rock scene, you’ll find that there’s mostly working-class people.
There’s more to life than listening to rock music.
I began with dance, doing ballet at 3, then tap, jazz, modern. Then I sang in church choirs, learned how to play clarinet and drums, sang with rock bands and only then did I get into musical theatre.
Our co-founder and company president, Jim Levy, came from a record industry background and understood the marketing and promotion of artists as well as products. So the video game business went from absolutely zero designer credit to something approaching rock star promotion.
The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.
I’m a rock climber, a high-altitude climber, an adventurer, a storyteller through my museums, and a writer of more than 50 books.
I’ve been a fan of The Rock ever since he first came to wrestling. Every time I went to school, I talked about The Rock. So when I finally got to meet him I couldn’t believe it! When he walked through the door, I went bug-eyed! ‘I’m standing next to The Rock, man!’ He’s huge. He’s very nice, though.
Progressive rock was happening.
When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll.
The reason kids like rock ‘n roll is their parents don’t.
When we were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I asked the guy who runs it, ‘How many people in here have had only two albums?’ He could not think of one person.
We were the first generation of rock & roll, but life goes on.
In the studio you can auto tune vocals, and with drums, you can put them on a grid and make them perfect. I hate that sound. When someone hands me a record and the drums are perfectly gridded and the vocals are perfectly auto tuned, I throw it out the window. I have no interest in rock music being like that.
I think the ’60s was a great time for music, especially for rock and roll. It was the era of The Beatles, of The Stones, and then later on The Who and Zeppelin. But at one point in the ’70s, it just kind of became… mellow.
Rock isn’t art, it’s the way ordinary people talk.
I don’t always feel fierce and fearless, but I do feel like I’m a rock star at being human.
Business people have been made into these rock stars because they’ve made a lot of money.
My mother has done so much for me in my life and has continuously been there and been my rock.
I grew up listening to blues and rock n’ roll and other music, but, legitimately, the Stones is one of my favorite bands in the world.
A well-rounded performer will listen to all kinds of music. I like classical, Middle Eastern, and rock a lot.
We come from a more alternative rock band background, and it’s interesting to see the things that people think we should or shouldn’t do since our music is a little bit poppier.
I have very eclectic taste in music, but when it comes to going to concerts, I like going to rock concerts.
Rock ‘n’ roll was never supposed to be polite.
There’s always a spattering of people who see Hanson who were influenced by classic ’60’s and ’70’s rock and roll. In a lot of ways, we’re sort of the anatomy of a ’70’s rock band if you examine what we do: white guys who grew up listening to soul music from the ’50’s and ’60’s.
I was in a vintage pub rock band called Clover in the 1970s.
I think the hip hop world and the rock world still have a lot in common, but it certainly seems like things happen and break at a much faster pace in the hip hop world.
My existence is about making movies, so I’ve just got to rock and roll with the punches. You want to make movies on telephones, I’m there.
It’s fun to look at people that are so good at acting that aren’t actors, like David Bowie creating a mystique about rock n’ roll. I’ve listened to ‘Ziggy Stardust’ as much as any rock n’ roll fan – I don’t really know what it’s about, but it sure is fun to think about David Bowie as this mad creation.
There’s not much music I’ll listen to if it doesn’t have pretty heavy swing. Rhythm is so important. Punk rock would have more power and feeling if it had swing.
You need to turn over every rock and open every door to learn your industry. This process never ends.
They’ll see it. And it doesn’t matter if they don’t. It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll. But I do intend to move more into the Mainstream. Marilyn Manson is just the First phase.
The older I get, the more of an anarchist I become, and I don’t mean in a punk rock way.
It is easy for me to go play a rock show, I have been doing that all my life and I love that.
Rock and roll was a revelation for me.
The friendship we share grows amidst the craggy rock pond; reeds of water spray fireflies scented with bonfires.
The cello is such a versatile instrument. It can rock like the hardest rock guitar, and it can sing like the human voice. We couldn’t do what we do without the classical training. It’s a hard instrument to play. There are no frets, and it takes finesse and technique to play.
I make a living playing rock n’ roll. I’m not going to complain about anything.
Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen.
Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.
Have you seen ‘American Idol‘ lately? I’m sure that some kids somewhere at this moment are thrashing themselves silly over what they call ‘Rock n’ Roll.’
You know, kids come to see me in the same way that their parents would go to see a rock concert.
Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock.
I don’t put myself into the category of ‘rock star writing his biography.’ That’s because we live our lives by falling into experiences. Things happen to us. Something you do takes hold of you, and then you do a lot of it.
Rock n’ roll was one thing, and then they chopped off the ‘roll’ and called it ‘rock,’ which became a sort of umbrella term for anything with a guitar in it. Like hair bands. How could we possibly believe that? It’s just gotten downright silly, to the point where now it’s sort of become like professional wrestling.
Punk rock really came out of N.Y. as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.
I’ve got rock ‘n’ roll in my blood.
I like a lot of old-school R&B, soul, and classic rock.
I never wanted to be part of any scene, I never wanted to be a part of anything, I wanted to do my own thing. Those are the lessons I learned from punk rock.
A lot of people say I look like a rock star or a designer punk. But I swear it’s the job that has carved my face. It’s the hours, the stress, and the pressure. It’s not me trying to look like this.
Wherever there are rock ‘n’ rollers, we’ll play. That’s what we’ve been doing for more than 30 years – rock ‘n’ roll. It’s made me everything from an honorary mayor to honorary member of a motorcycle gang.
One thing rap and rock have in common, a lot of it is focused on negativity. I like dark stuff.
What’s cool about indie rock is that one band can do effectively the same thing as another band, and one band nails it, and the other one doesn’t. I like that elusiveness.
I get to remind myself and other people to be yourself, to rock you who you are, and don’t worry about if it fits.
From that first wage case in 1958, I had, pretty much, rock star status.
Everything that’s rock n roll is ever meant to be is happening now. I need to get over the shock that that thing is actually happening and that thousands of millions of people around the world are watching.
My parents were into The Mills Brothers, Perry Como, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughn, and all those people sung the most wonderful songs – and even when I got into rock ‘n’ roll, that stayed with me.
James Bond has a license to kill, rockstars have a license to be outrageous. Rock is about grabbing people’s attention.
I always wanted to be a rock star. That was my childhood dream. That’s what I told everybody I was going to be when I grew up.
Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.
Rock ‘n’ roll music is what gets me off.
Everyone has a rock bottom.
Survivor is like rock ‘n’ roll – you can do what you want.
In between 15 and 20 – probably at around 17 – my interests switched from hard rock to punk rock. And then by 20 they were circling out of punk rock back into Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, the stuff that I didn’t get to when I was younger.
My parents are actually very famous singers in Bulgaria. My dad was in a rock band, and my mom was in a pop group. They met, fell in love, and actually formed a group together to escape the country because it was Communist, and they couldn’t leave. They didn’t know any English but eventually found their way to America.
Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.
Good rock music always tends to be around.
I like to rock and roll, but I’m a mushy guy, too. I want to be the guy that all the girls love and all the guys want to hang out with.
All of a sudden, someone threw me in front of this rock and roll band. And I decided then and there that was it. I never wanted to do anything else.
All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock, I don’t subscribe to any of that. It’s all just music. I mean, the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?
During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.
People who like progressive music tend to sneer at the idea of a kind of punk aesthetic, and people who like alternative indie rock or punk rock tend to sneer at what they see as the pretentiousness and pomposity of progressive music.
I came up from growing up with a lot of Catholic guilt, a lot of punk rock, hipster guilt in the later years where I think people have thrown a lot of things on me. Where I always felt like I’m not supposed to tell the horn section what to play or I don’t want to come off egotistical.
Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world.
I guess you could call my music progressive, pop, rock.
You can’t buy being a rock star.
A lot of people call me the architect of rock & roll. I don’t call myself that, but I believe it’s true.
There’s a lot of politics in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There’s a lot us artists would change about the induction ceremony and who they pick.
And I can do the rock clubs if I have to.
If Nirvana had remained a small, underground punk rock band, Kurt Cobain would still be alive. And he’d probably be living in Seattle, getting kind of fat and balding, be relatively happy and producing records for other people.
I’m a rock and roll singer.
I don’t like rock. Honestly, I like to listen to it, but it’s not for me. There’s a lot of musical genres that I find interesting, but they don’t suit me. It’s one thing to listen to different genres, but to perform a genre that isn’t yours is counterproductive.
I have willpower and determination. I am very resilient, like rock.
I think you sometimes have to go hit rock bottom before you can grow and rebuild as a person.