165 Rock And Roll Music Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of rock and roll music quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about rock and roll.

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The Most Famous Rock And Roll Music Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll. — Muddy Waters

Everybody started calling my music rock and roll, but it wasn't anything but the same rhythm and blues I'd been playing down in New Orleans. — Fats Domino

You can't have rock and roll without drugs, you can't have rock and roll without sex. — Rick James

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.' — Elvis Presley

I love classic rock, rock and roll, that's the top notch. I love soul - bluesy music as well. — Haley Reinhart

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It's gotta be rock and roll music, if you wanna dance with me. — Chuck Berry

Rock n' roll is very special to me. It's my lifeblood. — Joey Ramone

If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good. — Abbie Hoffman

It used to be called boogie-woogie, it used to be called blues, used to be called rhythm and blues...It's called rock now. — Chuck Berry

Well, I wouldn't want to say that I started it (rock 'n' roll), but I don't remember anyone else before me playing that kind of stuff. — Fats Domino

Short Rock And Roll Music Quotes

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  • A kid once said to me "Do you get hangovers?" I said, "To get hangovers you have to stop drinking. — Lemmy Kilmister
  • Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards. — Keith Richards
  • A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music use to make me smile. — Don McLean
  • The rock and roll business is pretty absurd, but the world of serious music is much worse. — Frank Zappa
  • I have my ship, and all her flags are a-flying. She is all that I have left, and music is her name. — Stephen Stills
  • If it hadn't been for Jazz, there wouldn't be no rock and roll. — Louis Armstrong
  • Sweet music, and your secret heart. Both have the healing grace. — Jon Anderson
  • Lord, I am a surgeon and music is my knife. It cuts away my sorrow and purifies my life. — Paul Simon
  • I've always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music. — Aretha Franklin
  • We had a really vast music collection and I was raised around rock'n'roll, it's just the way it was. — Slash

Rock And Roll Music Image Quotes

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Rock and roll music quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.

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Trying to explain music is like trying to dance architecture. — Thelonious Monk

My driving philosophy about making music is that you can reduce it all down to one note if that note is played with the right kind of sincerity. — Eric Clapton

When I was a kid, I was told rock n' roll wasn't music. It wasn't art. Queen was my proof, my evidence, that these people were wrong - and they meant everything to me. — Axl Rose

Rock and roll music quote Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.
Behind every girl's favorite song there is an untold story.

Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms. — Salman Rushdie

The music I like to play is Rock 'N Roll. I like to rock like a wild animal. I like to rock it well enough to whip a yak's ass. I love to rock it good on a horse's ass. I like to rock it real hard. I love to rock it all the way to Russia. I like to kick out the Jazz and kick it out all the way. — Wesley Willis

If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music. — Keith Richards

Rock and roll music quote Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but get you nowhere
Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but get you nowhere.

Remember when you used to watch TV in the Sixties and you'd see Perry Como in a cashmere sweater? That's what rock 'n' roll is becoming. It's your parents' music. — Neil Young

When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues. — Little Richard

A lot of people seem to think I started this business. But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing like Fats Domino can. I know that. — Elvis Presley

Times were changing. Clothes were changing. Morals were changing. We went from romantic loves songs like I used to do to rock 'n roll. Now that has changed to rap. So, there's always a new generation with new music. — Bobby Vinton

Rock And Roll Quotes

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Graphic design will save the world right after rock and roll does. — David Carson

I'm not God but if I were God, ¾ of you would be girls, and the rest would be pizza and beer. — Axl Rose

Rock and roll is about having a good time, so no matter where you are right now blast some music and forget about lifes problems. — Andy Biersack

Rock and roll music quote Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.
Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'. — John Lennon

What they teach you in school doesn't prepare you for life. Textbooks don't compare to living in the real world. Rock and roll teaches you how to live. — Joey Ramone

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If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail! — Kurt Cobain

Rock and roll music quote The earth has music for those who listen.
The earth has music for those who listen.

Rock music is important to people , because it allows them to escape this crazy world. It allows them not to run away from the problems that are there, but to face up to them , but at the same time sort of DANCE ALL OVER THEM. That's what rock and roll is about. — Pete Townshend

I guess you could say there are two Slashes. There's the crazy, rock-and-roll Slash, he's wild. And then there's the real Slash- he collects miniature soaps and treats his hookers real nice. — Slash

Woodstock was not about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was about spirituality, about love, about sharing, about helping each other, living in peace and harmony. — Richie Havens

It's boring to be 70, I don't want to be there, I'll be dead and gone, I don't have any aspirations to be 70. — Freddie Mercury

Rock-n-roll Quotes

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Life sucks, but in a beautiful kind of way. — Axl Rose

The only negative thing about murder is that when you kills someone they can no longer suffer — Varg Vikernes

Life is beautiful. Be thankful for everything. Destroy your ego. Free hugs. Sing your hearts out in the street. Rock ‘n roll. — Ariana Grande

Rock and roll music quote A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.

One time we saw some hookers but when we got closer we realized it was Motley Crue. — James Hetfield

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I am like the little rock n' roll backseat driver. — Nina Blackwood

I started playing ukulele first for 2 years from age 9 to 11 and got my first guitar and got inspired by blues I heard on the radio that turned me on and I started learning myself. — Johnny Winter

Rock and roll music quote Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.
Art is how we decorate space; Music is how we decorate time.

You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints. — Carlos Santana

Be who you want to be and not care about what others think." -Andy Sixx Rock n roll isn't meant to be taken so seriously, I think sometimes people forget it's meant to be fun. A rock show is meant to be a time for people to have fun and let go of the drudgeries of life. — Andy Biersack

As I said, when we needed to move over to rock'n'roll, Sam and Vernon couldn't quite make the shift. So that's when Larry took over on drums, and we needed a bass player. — Neil Innes

When I see footage of Guns N' Roses, I see that fu**ing hunger and attitude. You could not f**k with those five guys. It was just raw. It was this lean, hungry thing on its way up. It was as sincere as any rock 'n' roll that I've ever heard, and I'm proud of that. — Slash

Rock N Roll Quotes

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And it's a - it's a term that's based on contempt; it's a term that's based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism, and, everything that's rotten about rock 'n' roll. — Iggy Pop

I forever felt that I've fallen right between the crack of way too young for the first generation of classic rock 'n' roll and too old to be brand-new. It's hard. — Paul Westerberg

I am the innovator. I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect of rock 'n' roll! — Little Richard

Rock and roll music quote Excuses are the rocks where our dreams are crushed.
Excuses are the rocks where our dreams are crushed.

A rock'n'roll band needs to be able to get under people's skin. You should be able to clear the room at the drop of a hat. — Paul Westerberg

My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture. — Paul Thomas Anderson

Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll. — Keith Richards

Rock and roll music quote A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silen
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.

The blues is the foundation, and it's got to carry the top. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues. — Luther Allison

We've all got out self-destructive bad habits, the trick is to find four or five you personally like the best and just do those all the time. — David Lee Roth

Just because I cut the heads off dolls doesn't mean I hate babies, I just hate dolls. — Alice Cooper

Rock and roll is a nuclear blast of reality in a mundane world where no-one is allowed to be magnificent. — Kim Fowley

Rock Music Quotes

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Religion is for people who fear hell, spirituality is for people who have been there. — David Bowie

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People don't run out of dreams - people just run out of time. — Glenn Frey

Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything. — David Bowie

Rock and roll music quote People are like Music, some speak the truth and other are just noise
People are like Music, some speak the truth and other are just noise

But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last. — Prince

When you talk like an asshole and look like an asshole, you're an asshole — John Lydon

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This is Manchester, we do things differently here. — Tony Wilson

Rock and roll music quote One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.
One good thing about music. When it hits you, you feel no pain.

Live with your memories and keep them as memories and that’s great. Forget the bad times just remember the good ones and you know and hope tomorrow is a good day — Roger Meddows Taylor

I have very eclectic taste in music, but when it comes to going to concerts, I like going to rock concerts. — Fran Drescher

At 15, I started listening to hard rock and heavy metal, but I would say it was more hard rock because I liked Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, and eventually AC/DC. — Rick Rubin

Led Zeppelin is the greatest. Robert Plant is one of the most original vocalists of our time. As a rock band they deserve the kind of success they're getting. — Freddie Mercury

Rock Musicians Quotes

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God may allow us at times to hit rock bottom, to show us He's the rock-at the bottom. — Kirk Franklin

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Rock stars come and go. Musicians play until they die. — Eddie Van Halen

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All I want for my birthday is another birthday. — Ian Dury

If a man can tell if he's been successful in his life by having great friends, then I have been very successful. — Johnny Ramone

Writing songs is cheaper than going to therapy. — Brent Smith

Art is my God, Music is my religion. — Sayings

If you put a Mars bar in one of Glenn Hughes’ hands and a bass in the other, he’ll choose the Mars bar. — Gary Moore

The feeling you get from playing to a good audience is hard to describe without sounding as though you are talking silly. But reaction is important. You might feel in yourself that you're doing it ok but it's when you get the live reaction that you know you're doing it right. — Tony Iommi

It was a great thrill just to know Roy Orbison, so to play, sing, write hit songs with him and have him in The Traveling Wilburys was beyond my wildest dreams! — Jeff Lynne

If you were to ask me, “What the hell does a musician have in common with a restaurant?” I would say a huge amount. It’s showtime every day, it’s a team of people, like, running a circus, which is running a rock-and-roll band. — Mick Fleetwood

Rockabilly Quotes

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With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else. First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues. — Brian Setzer

The blues appealed to me, but so did rock. The early rockabilly guitarists like Cliff Gallup and Scotty Moore were just as important to me as the blues guitarists. — Jimmy Page

Music is music; you can't change rock and say well this is punk rock and this is acid rock or rockabilly. — Chuck Berry

That rockabilly sound wasn't as simple as I thought it was. — Carl Perkins

I didn't realize how many true Rockabilly fans there were here in America. — Wanda Jackson

I'm not God's gift to rockabilly. There's great players out there, and some of them deserve a lot more than they've gotten. — Brian Setzer

For every rockabilly festival staged here, there are 10 held overseas. — Brian Setzer

I didn't say I wasn't gonna do rockabilly. I just said I ain't gonna sing no song that ain't a country song. I won't be known as anything but a country singer. — Buck Owens

I was a hop-around. I hung out with the rockabilly crew, the guys who were trying to be rappers, the funny kids. — Katy Perry

To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better. — Brian Setzer

Classic Rock Quotes

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I see friends who are in different genres of music, and they say they're so burnt playing the same stuff every night. That's why you see a country act wanting to go out and play an old classic rock song. But what cracks me up is that they all want to be Jimmy Buffett. I can't figure that out. — Kid Rock

Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity. — George Thorogood

When people come to the show they think we are a legendary band because they hear us on Classic Rock radio all the time. It is psychological. That's okay - I'm down with that. — George Thorogood

When I'm 40, too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music. — Chris Martin

Classical music is far from boring - it has all the blood, energy, the sinister dark side, rhythm that rock music has, and all the refined, subtle sensuality that one can ask for — Yuja Wang

Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I just kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes. — Dan Rather

I like rock music. I also like classical, if you ask me. I'm very adaptable, they say that. But I have certain preference too, be honest. — Tommy Wiseau

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice. — Boz Scaggs

A well-rounded performer will listen to all kinds of music. I like classical, Middle Eastern, and rock a lot. — Patti LuPone

A miserable, self-destructive, death rocker...better to burn out than to fade away. — Kurt Cobain

Blues Music Quotes

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I would like to involve myself in some black music. I would like to do some blues and some gospel music. I want to try stuff from other genres and try to widen my musical base. — Greg Lake

Music means communication to me. I say 'listen you people out there, listen to my music, let's be one.' Music is a friend to me when I am lonely, when I am blue. You can't define music 'cause music is cosmos and it knows no barrier or definition. You have to feel music to dig it. — Robert Plant

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The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning. — John Lee Hooker

I dabbled in things like Howlin' Wolf, Cream and Led Zeppelin, but when I heard Son House and Robert Johnson, it blew my mind. It was something I'd been missing my whole life. That music made me discard everything else and just get down to the soul and honesty of the blues. — Jack White

I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues - the blues background was my big inspiration. — Jackie DeShannon

The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. It's better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues. — Willie Dixon

They say the blues is sad, but when B.B. sings 'I got a sweet little angel, I love the way she spreads her wings,' that don't sound too sad to me! — Buddy Guy

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons. — Imamu Amiri Baraka Jones

With the White Stripes we were trying to trick people into not realising we were playing the blues. We did not want to come off like white kids trying to play black music from 100 years ago so a great way to distract them was by dressing in red, white and black. — Jack White

The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons. — Amiri Baraka

Rock Song Quotes

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You're singing a song about making love to your drummer, well gay guitar pickers don't turn me on. — Hank Williams, Jr.

The truth is, I initially became a singer-songwriter while still in my teens because it was the only way to guarantee that somebody on earth would sing the songs I was writing. Since then, I've performed just about everywhere: rock clubs, concerts halls, arenas, TV. — Rupert Holmes

If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song. — Carl Perkins

Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more. — Tasha Tudor

'The Beatles' did whatever they wanted. They were a collection of influences adapted to songs they wanted to write. George Harrison was instrumental in bringing in Indian music. Paul McCartney was a huge Little Richard fan. John Lennon was into minimalist aggressive rock. — Chris Cornell

In pop or rock you can make a fast song or a slow one, but in disco there is really just the one rhythm. — Giorgio Moroder

Rock n' roll was a bad and evil thing. l remember once I was singing a Barry Manilow song, "Mandy," In the back seat of the car. It came on the radio, and I kind of sang with it, and I got smacked In the mouth because that song was "evil." — Axl Rose

Rock ’n roll is really swing with a modern name. It began on the levees and plantations, took in folk songs, and features blues and rhythm. It's the rhythm that gets to the kids – they're starved of music they can dance to, after all those years of crooners. — Alan Freed

There're songs to make you smile, there're songs to make you sad. But with a happy song to sing it never seems as bad. — Stevie Wonder

All the songs we do are basically about one of three things: booze, sex or rock n roll. — Bon Scott

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More Rock And Roll Music Quotes

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Rock and roll by its nature is sexual. So girls playing rock and roll is saying to the world, "We own our sexuality." I think that pop music is sort of about "you can do what you want to me" kind of energy, while rock and roll is "I'm going to do what I want to you" kind of energy. — Joan Jett

Rock and roll is a music, and why should a music contribute to ... juvenile delinquency? If people are going to be juvenile delinquents, they're going to be delinquents if they hear ... Mother Goose rhymes. — Elvis Presley

I mean, there's times to rock and roll, and I love that too. But I think my first love is acoustic music. — Graham Nash

Call me a relic, call me what you will, say I'm old fashion, say I'm over the hill. Today's music ain't got the same soul, I like that old time rock and roll. — Bob Seger

Never lose faith in real rock and roll music. Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it's always going to be there. — Dave Grohl

Rock & Roll is feeling, and after you know most of the basics ... chords, rhythm, scales and bends ... getting that feeling is just about the most important aspect of playing guitar — Eddie Van Halen

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture. — Etta James

Disco existed before we were all born and will exist afterwards. It is a ritual - it is a celebration - and it is the same kind of music that we call disco or rock'n'roll or a whole list of names that we can call it. Call it what you will, nothing will change the fact that certain kinds of music will make you want to celebrate or party. — Grace Jones

When you hear the music ringin' in your soul And you feel it in your heart and it grows and grows And it comes from the backstreet rock & roll and the healing has begun... — Van Morrison

I don't believe in any kind of artistic snobbery or musical snobbery. You know, to me, the sexiest and the most spiritual words ever uttered in rock and roll are wop babaloo balop bam boom. — Sinead O'Connor

Rock has always been the devil's music... I believe that rock & roll is dangerous... I feel that we're only heralding something even darker than ourselves. — David Bowie

Music, Rock and Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music, I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own generation. — Ronnie James Dio

That's what Kiss is all about - not just music, but entertainment, y'know? We're there to take you away from your problems, and rock and roll all night and party every day for those two hours you're at the concert. — Ace Frehley

Nashville may be famed for its country music, but this may well be the capital of rock and roll music in the United States of America. — Paul Stanley

Let the music keep our spirits high, let the buildings keep our children dry, let creation reveal its secrets by and bye. — Jackson Browne

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

In a lot of ways I think food is starting to take the place in culture that rock and roll took 30 years ago, in that eating has become incredibly political. And just as the street has always dictated fashions on music and other things, it’s starting to happen that way in food. — Jonathan Gold

Half of the modern world goes back as far as Pearl Jam. The real historians go back to U2. But they need to go back further. They have to go back to the '50s and '60s, where things started. That's how you get to be your own personality, by studying the masters. Rock and roll was white kids trying to make black music and failing, gloriously! — Steven Van Zandt

Rock 'n roll smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration and sly, lewd, in plain fact, dirty lyrics ... manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth. — Frank Sinatra

I started with rock n' roll and...then you start to take it apart like a child with a toy and you see there's blues and there's country...Then you go back from country into American music...and you end up in Scotland and Ireland eventually. — Elvis Costello

Aerobics is a really whacked-out way to get going. The loud rock 'n' roll music and the teachers standing before you, doing the exercises and screaming into the microphone, "Go! Go! Go for the burn!" — Michael Richards

It means rock'n'roll in the sack. It means sex: the lyrics, the beat of it, the thunderous feeling through your body. Before the word groupie even existed I knew that I wanted to share myself with someone who created that music and turned me on in every kind of way. — Pamela Des Barres

Personally I feel that real rock 'n' roll may be on the way out, just like adolescence as a relatively innocent transitional period is on the way out. What we have instead is a small island of new free music surrounded by some good reworkings of past idioms and a vast sargasso sea of absolute garbage. — Lester Bangs

I love rock-n-roll. I think it's an exciting art form. It's revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music. — Nick Cave

Rock 'n' roll doesn't glorify God. You can't drink out of God's cup and the devil's cup at the same time. I was one of the pioneers of that music, one of the builders. I know what the blocks are made of because I built them. — Little Richard

My influences were mostly gospel. So I was playing my twisted Jewish equivalent of gospel music over his twisted equivalent of rock and roll music. And it was a very excellent marriage. — Al Kooper

I grew up around music. My father was a professional musician. We used to have a trailer house that we travelled in. I've always loved music. Started out loving to sing to the standards and songs of the early 50s, then that interest shifted to rock and roll, Motown, folk. — Timothy B. Schmit

A lot of festivals can be a jumble of electronic music and rock and roll, and everything's all mixed up - some things are more performance art or light shows or dance parties, and then you'll have a singer-songwriter stuck in the middle to make the changeovers easier. — Jenny O.

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