ROCK 'N' ROLL QUOTES

quotations about rock 'n' roll

Rock 'n' Roll quote

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, attributed, The Book of Rock Lists

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Rock 'n' Roll might not solve your problems, but it does let you dance all over them.

PETE TOWNSHEND, attributed, Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire

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Life is a disease. The only cure is rock 'n' roll.

ANONYMOUS

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If I hadn't heard rock and roll on the radio, I would have had no idea there was life on this planet.

LOU REED, liner notes, Peel Slowly and See

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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 and in plain fact, dirty lyrics ... it manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth.

FRANK SINATRA, attributed, Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs

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Shall I tell you what rock and roll is?... It's restless and rude. It's defiant and daring. It's a fist shaken at age. It's a voice that often screams out questions because the answers are always changing.

NORA ROBERTS, Public Secrets

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Apparently rock and roll liberated the pelvis and it hasn't been the same since.

EMMA THOMPSON, The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film

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Just let me hear some of that rock and roll music
Any old way you choose it
It's got a backbeat, you can't lose it
Any old time you use it
It's gotta be rock roll music
If you want to dance with me

CHUCK BERRY, "Rock and Roll Music"

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"Rock and Roll" is the tribal war cry of the 20th Century.

DAVE THOMPSON, 1000 Songs that Rock Your World

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Rock and roll is a single, monolithic beast, manufactured solely for profit and the shattering of refined eardrums.

ROBERT PALMER, "Folk, Popular, Jazz, and Classical Elements in New Orleans", Folk Music and Modern Sound

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We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first -- rock and roll or Christianity.

JOHN LENNON, Evening Standard, March 4, 1966

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Rock and roll is not one music but many.

ROBERT PALMER, "Folk, Popular, Jazz, and Classical Elements in New Orleans", Folk Music and Modern Sound

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Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world. Electric rock music creeps, like chemical seasoning, into everything. Rock and roll is mother's little helper on the housewife radio, plays across film sound-tracks and sells packaged goods.

PETER YORK, Style Wars

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Rock and Roll is inclusive. It welcomes rockers of all races, religions, ages, ethnic backgrounds, alternative lifestyles.

MAURY DEAN, Rock and Roll

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You know her life was saved by rock 'n' roll
Yeah rock 'n' roll
Ooh, Despite all the computations
You know you could just dance to the rock 'n' roll station

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, "Rock and Roll"

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For me rock and roll is about the freedom to express yourself very loudly.

BOB GRUEN, "Photographer Bob Gruen: Everything about the Rolling Stones is rock and roll", Page Six, December 4, 2015

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The first day I can remember looking into a mirror and being able to stand what I saw was the day I had a guitar in my hand.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Springsteen Talking

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I wanted to make the greatest rock record that I'd ever heard, and I wanted it to sound enormous and I wanted it to grab you by your throat and insist that you take that ride, insist that you pay attention, not to just the music, but just to life, to feeling alive, to being alive.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, interview, Rolling Stone, August 25, 2015

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Music is just a younger game. You have to go on tour and live in a van where you don't wash. If you're above 30 you can't. If you're over 30 and you're trying to still be in a rock band, you're just pathetic.

JOHN LEE, interview, IndieWire, September 9, 2013

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

JOHN LENNON, The Mike Douglas Show, 1972

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