Rock and roll Quotes


  • As I define it, rock and roll is dead. The attitude isn’t dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn’t have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive — and it still informs other kinds of music.
    o David Byrne

  • Commercial rock ‘n’ roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression.
    o Ralph Ellison

  • I am the Lizard King, I can do anything!
    o Jim Morrison

  • I like rock and roll, and I don’t like much else.
    o John Lennon

  • If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!
    o Kurt Cobain

  • If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn’t repel them.
    o Camille Pagila

  • If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.
    o John Lennon

  • I’m just a musical prostitute, my dear!When I wear leather, I feel like a Black Panther!
    o Freddie Mercury

  • It’s only Rock and Roll but I like it.
    o Rolling Stones

  • Men make angry music and it’s called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant.
    o Ani Difranco

  • Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.
    o Frank Zappa

  • My my, hey hey Rock and roll is here to stay.
    o Neil Young

  • No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.
    o Frank Zappa

  • No, it hasn’t, because I was in tanks and they rock and rolled quite a bit.
    o Elvis Presley, when asked if his 2-year stint in the Army changed his thoughts on rock and roll

  • Now in the sixties we were naive, like children. Everybody went back to their rooms and said, ‘We didn’t get a wonderful world of just flowers and peace and happy chocolate, and it won’t be just pretty and beautiful all the time,’ and just like babies everyone went back to their rooms and sulked. ‘We’re going to stay in our rooms and play rock and roll and not do anything else, because the world’s a horrible place, because it didn’t give us everything we cried for.’ Right?
    o John Lennon

  • 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.
    o Malcom Mclaren

  • Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world.
    o Peter York

  • Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.
    o Keith Richards

  • Rock and roll music – the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
    o Salman Rushdie

  • Rock and roll used to be for kicks, now a days it’s politics.
    o Billy Joel

  • Rock and Roller cola wars, I can’t take it anymore.
    o Billy Joel

  • The Blues had a baby. They call it Rock and Roll.
    o Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry

  • Videos destroyed the vitality of rock and roll. Before that, music said, “Listen to me.” Now it says, “Look at me.”
    o Billy Joel

  • We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
    o John Lennon

  • You’ve got to be hard, like the rock in that old rock and roll.
    o Billy Joel

  • “Rock and Roll” is about me. If I hadn’t heard rock and roll on the radio, I would have had no idea there was life on this planet. Which would have been devastating to think that everything, everywhere was like it was where I come from. That would have been profoundly discouraging. Movies didn’t do it for me. TV didn’t do it for me. It was the radio that did it.
    o Lou Reed

  • I wanna rock and roll all nite and party every day…
    o KISS from their song Rock and Roll All Nite

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