Top 1517 Rock Quotes

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“That’s the great thing with the WWE. They want you to be like John Cena, they want you to be like The Rock, and they definitely give you that platform.”

― A.J. Styles

“I started listening to gospel when I was a little boy and my grandmother used to rock me on her lap.”

― Aaron Neville

“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.”

― Abel Ferrara

“I’m a rock and roll singer.”

― Adam Ant

“I don’t think rock ‘n roll is necessarily a young man’s game. I think Neil Young is just as rock’n’roll now as he was in his 20s. I’d like to think we can still be edgy and challenging.”

― Adam Clayton

“I think rock ‘n’ roll would become exponentially, considerably more difficult to perform past about 65.”

― Adam Clayton

“I don’t think rock ‘n’ roll is necessarily a young man’s game.”

― Adam Clayton

“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say this again: NXT is like a rock concert, roller coaster ride.”

― Adam Cole

“I like Louis C.K., Chris Rock. Old schools like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.”

― Adam DeVine

“I have many of the Rock Lords; Magmar, I’m obsessed with. That’s a sign of how versatile the Rock Lords were, that they could come out with toys that turned into rocks.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“Singing karaoke is my worst nightmare. But in the car, I rock out to anything Bon Jovi or Beastie Boys.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“I rush to add that I find the Web infinitely useful for rustling up information, settling arguments or locating the legends of rock stars.”

― Adam Gopnik

“I listen to crazy, robust rock music where they sing their faces off, and soul music, which can be similar.”

― Adam Lambert

“I actually opened for Chris Rock at the Funny Bone one time.”

― Adam McKay

“Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we’re a heavy rock band. We’re definitely not a metal band, but we’re a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody.”

― Adam Rich

“If I forgot to put something on, and I have to wear a trash bag, I’m just like, ‘I’m gonna rock a trash bag today.’”

― Adam Rippon

“I usually finish things in the last second. But I think, as I’ve gotten older, I don’t worry about it, and I just rock it.”

― Adam Rippon

“In high school I wanted to be a rock star and was in a lot of bands.”

― Adam Sandler

“Bands like R.E.M. and even The Replacements, during that initial wave of college rock, would sell 40, 50, 100,000 copies of a record, and that would be seen as extremely successful – and definitely enough to keep doing more.”

― Adam Schlesinger

“My brother really shaped my musical taste when I was younger. He turned me on to classic rock like Led Zeppelin, and then he got me into R.E.M. and U2.”

― Adam Scott

“Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.”

― Adrian Mitchell

“I used to live in Chris Rock’s former apartment. I’ve got some junk mail for him if he wants it.”

― Adrian Tomine

“In the seventeenth century, a French missionary in Canada reported a ‘strange legend’ circulating among the Hurons. They told of a monster with a ‘horn’ that could pierce anything, even rock.”

― Adrienne Mayor

“Actually freestyle really comes from ‘Planet Rock’. If you listen to all the freestyle records you’ll hear that they are based on ‘Planet Rock’. All the Miami Bass records are based upon Planet Rock.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“There’s a lot of people over time who have brought out all these funky records that everybody has started jumping on like a catch phrase… When Planet Rock came out, then you had all of the electro funk records.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“House, rap, R&B, disco rock, they are all part of hip-hop culture. Why you ain’t playing Kraftwerk along with Jay-Z? That’s hip-hop.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“I’m the renegade of funk. I’ve made house, techno, rock, funk, reggae… That’s why I’ve been on so many different labels.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“Rock n’ roll really belongs to all America. It really doesn’t belong to one city.”

― Ahmet Ertegun

“I’m touched by rock n’ roll. I’m touched by the Beatles. I want some of the music I do to reflect that.”

― Al Jarreau

“This rock thing got in the way of my teaching career.”

― Al Jourgensen

“Punk rock really influenced me, the basic metal bands, Zeppelin, Stones and Floyd, and Southern rock bands. I think I was pretty well-rounded.”

― Al Jourgensen

“Rock n’ roll is for the young idiots, not an old fart like me.”

― Al Jourgensen

“Plus, I very much like the feeling of height, and buildings have even more of a feeling of height than rock faces.”

― Alain Robert

“With buildering, I get to keep that element of danger. Plus, I very much like the feeling of height, and buildings have even more of a feeling of height than rock faces.”

― Alain Robert

“What heartens me is to see ’30 Rock’ on the air. It makes me laugh from my gut, which I really like to do.”

― Alan Alda

“A lot of what I’ve done has a rock edge, even going back to ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’”

― Alan Menken

“Folk rock was my real roots. I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.”

― Alan Parsons

“I wouldn’t call myself a standup in the presence of Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock, but I do my share of it and it has been and remains part of my activity and I like it.”

― Alan Thicke

“There is enough material in the Kuiper Belt to build anything out there. We could gobble up all the little asteroids, filtering out all the volatile materials, leaving us with bits of rock and using that to make some incredible structures.”

― Alastair Reynolds

“I like rock music that has melody, but it also makes you wanna get up and dance.”

― Albert Hammond, Jr.

“Success begets success. I’ve been offered a lot of movies now that ’30 Rock’ has been successful.”

― Alec Baldwin

“’Amores Perros’ is rock, ’21 Grams’ is jazz, ‘Babel’ is an opera, and ‘Biutiful’ is a requiem.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Black girls, I feel, rock, in so many ways, especially coming from five girls.”

― Alek Wek

“Before, models had that rock star life and it was all about going to the parties and having that glamorous life, and I think these days, models are more like businesswomen and the whole industry takes it really serious.”

― Alessandra Ambrosio

“It’s great to play a rock star. Maybe not so great to be one.”

― Alessandro Nivola

“An attack on the scale of Sept. 11 would rock the markets and the economy.”

― Alex Berenson

“Every comic is really a frustrated rock star.”

― Alex Borstein

“I like songs in all different genres and types. My production and songwriting is everything from pop rock to hip-hop and everything in between.”

― Alex Clare

“I love the feeling of touching the rock, the feeling of my body going up the rock.”

― Alex Honnold

“Everybody has terrible things that they deal with. Everybody. Just because you’re some big shot rock star doesn’t mean you’re immune to having these awful tragedies in your life.”

― Alex Lifeson

“Growing up, I never listened to English music. I was more into Motown, as well as early rock n’ roll like Chuck Berry and Little Richard.”

― Alex Winston

“I think that for the highest achievements nowadays… need to have the stable as a rock scientific base. And also need to own modesty.”

― Alexander Alekhine

“I think it would be really awesome to be a rock star.”

― Alexander Ludwig

“I don’t call him ‘The Rock’ to his face.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“It was really my experience at Standing Rock that was pretty pivotal for me because I saw how corporations were literally militarizing themselves against American citizens so that they could kind of maximize their profit margins on fossil fuels.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.”

― Alexis Carrel

“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.”

― Alice Cooper

“Teachers want to teach you theory, and that’s fine, but when it comes to rock and roll, you only need three chords. There’s something comforting about that.”

― Alice Ripley

“’American Psycho’ reminds me of my track in ‘Tommy,’ my first Broadway show. It’s similar conceptually and has that rock n’ roll streak.”

― Alice Ripley

“’Next To Normal’ is rock music. It’s a rock opera. That, definitely, has a place in popular music.”

― Alice Ripley

“The selections on ‘Daily Practice’ are all what I consider standard rock songs that have been absolutely essential to keeping me alive.”

― Alice Ripley

“My mom is definitely my rock.”

― Alicia Keys

“My first album was all rock. I used to sing rock en espanol, but I don’t think many people remember that.”

― Alicia Villarreal

“’30 Rock’ is probably one of my favorite shows. It’s just joke after joke after joke.”

― Alison Brie

“Great rock n’ roll comes from suburbia.”

― Alvaro Enrigue

“We used to play the underground clubs like the UFO, and Middle Earth, and they were great because they would have on things like a poet, string quartets, and then a rock band! It was kinda cool!”

― Alvin Lee

“My all-time favorite rock and roll players were Scotty Moore, Chuck Berry and Franny Beecher, and I listened to the country playing of Merle Travis.”

― Alvin Lee

“That’s the kind of musical freedom I like: jazz, rock, blues, anything. You adopt different attitudes when you play different music.”

― Alvin Lee

“I’ve always been the rock of my family.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“Rock helps me communicate directly with the people because rock doesn’t lie, and people are fed up with lying politicians.”

― Amado Boudou

“The stage show is, in some sense, highly theatrical. It’s definitely not just a band in jeans playing rock and roll.”

― Amanda Palmer

“People had this idea about becoming rock stars packing stadiums instead of having the goal of becoming what musicians used to be in terms of how they would perform and connect people.”

― Amanda Palmer

“I look to icons like George Carlin, Chris Rock, and Richard Pryor on how to present these concepts of social change and subversiveness to an audience in a way that’s palatable.”

― Amanda Seales

“I would have loved to play Arjun Rampal’s role in ‘Rock On!’”

― Amruta Khanvilkar

“I love costume jewelry, the stuff Givenchy/Riccardo Tisci do, and old school rock n’ roll jewelry, too.”

― Andreja Pejic

“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.”

― Andrew Bird

“Most writers can write, most rock ‘n rollers cannot.”

― Andrew Eldritch

“I don’t live a rock n’ roll lifestyle.”

― Andrew Flintoff

“The Bible is the rock on which this Republic rests.”

― Andrew Jackson

“’School of Rock’ is fun. Hopefully, I’ve fleshed it out with a few catchy songs and kept the spirit of the original movie.”

― Andrew Lloyd Webber

“Rock stars aren’t crapped out of the sky.”

― Andy Biersack

“There is nothing more, I guess, cannibalistic than the metal or the hard rock scene, it seems.”

― Andy Biersack

“I don’t know what metalcore is. I know what rock n’ roll is… It’s not rocket science.”

― Andy Biersack

“My whole life, I’ve loved ’80s synth and goth rock like The Sisters of Mercy and Depeche Mode.”

― Andy Biersack

“A band like Avenged Sevenfold I’ve praised quite a bit publicly, because it’s a band that has moved into that arena-size thing for a hard rock band.”

― Andy Biersack

“I was a little chubby kid that no girls ever talked to. I had little chance of becoming an internationally known rock star. Music was my escape and my belief system.”

― Andy Biersack

“I became producer so that I could work with persons like him and to rock the world of Hong Kong Cinema a bit.”

― Andy Lau

“It’s sort of what jazz would be if it stopped being snobby and what rock would be if it stopped being stupid.”

― Andy Partridge

“I think rock records tend to be very expensive.”

― Andy Summers

“What I wanted to do was play the guitar but I don’t like instrumental rock. I think it is tripe.”

― Andy Summers

“I love rock women.”

― Angel Haze

“Rock ‘n’ roll… but I also like sporting events a lot. I love Mike Piazza.”

― Angie Everhart

“We’re a rock group. we’re noisy, rowdy, sensational and weird.”

― Angus Young

“What we admit to is being a rock n’ roll band. From day one, I was a big Chuck Berry fan.”

― Angus Young

“The misunderstanding out there is that we are a ‘hard rock’ band or a ‘heavy metal’ band. We’ve only ever been a rock n’ roll band.”

― Angus Young

“With AC/DC, we’ve always started with rock, and we’ve just kept it going. The critic’s view is always, ‘They just made an album and it’s the same as the last one.’ I’ll have fifteen of them, anytime.”

― Angus Young

“Hearing a lot of early rock n’ roll records from a very young age was a huge influence.”

― Angus Young

“I plug into a lot of old rock & roll. Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis – I love all that stuff.”

― Angus Young

“Blues is a big part of rock and roll. The best rock and roll got its birth in the blues. You hear it in Little Richard and Chuck Berry.”

― Angus Young

“’Rock Or Bust’ is a thing we’ve always done.”

― Angus Young

“Good fashion is like rock music: all anarchy and revolt.”

― Ann Demeulemeester

“In 1975 Australia was producing things like Picnic at Hanging Rock, in other words films that I would consider still some of the finest products to come out of Australia. I think that our quality now is less than it was then.”

― Ann Macbeth

“Heart has always been a rock band. It’s always been hard-rock.”

― Ann Wilson

“Rock evolved out of rebellion, so when you turn on the Billboard Awards or something like the Grammys, and there’s no rock on there, that’s a good sign – because that means that rock is not welcome inside of a pop format.”

― Ann Wilson

“I think everybody wants to be a rock star.”

― Anna Camp

“I’m a big fan of ’30 Rock,’ which I think is the most genius show on television.”

― Anna Kendrick

“O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.”

― Anne Boleyn

“Dick Clark really didn’t make rock ‘n roll safe for America, as many people think.”

― Annette Funicello

“Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood.”

― Annie Dillard

“I’m a physical guy. I play basketball, and I rock climb.”

― Ansel Elgort

“I had this thing about hanging out in dark theaters. My family thought I grew out of a rock.”

― Anthony Edwards

“I’ve been to Australia a couple of times, but never to the north or the centre. I would love to see Ayers Rock.”

― Anthony Head

“We did that with people like Chris Rock, Woody Harrelson, and the environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“At 17, I wanted to be a rock star.”

― Anthony McCarten

“Rock Hudson let his gay agent marry him off to his secretary because he didn’t want people to get the right idea.”

― Anthony Perkins

“I had a couple of years of rebellion – I was singing in a rock band.”

― Antoine Arnault

“In England, I’m already labeled a rock photographer, which is a little insulting, because I’m not a rock photographer at all.”

― Anton Corbijn

“Rock music as a whole was terrible in the early 2000s.”

― Antoni Porowski

“Western Australia is covered by granite, the largest single piece of Achaean rock that still lies on the surface of the, of, of the Earth, that’s 2.5 to 2.9 billion years old. It’s one of the most ancient and intact bits of the Earth’s crust.”

― Antony Gormley

“I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.”

― Aretha Franklin

“I’ve been lucky to get some path-breaking films, which proved to be the turning point in my career. Be it ‘Rock on!’ ‘The Last Lear’ or ‘Raajneeti,’ directors started working in a different way.”

― Arjun Rampal

“I consider myself an alumnus of Hard Rock Cafe.”

― Arnel Pineda

“I was enamored with music at a very young age. Everything started with kundiman, then evolved to Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, and eventually classic rock music.”

― Arnel Pineda

“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.”

― Aron Ralston

“A lot of people do not like singer-songwriters, and a lot of people who like them do not like hard rock. It’s either-or.”

― Art Alexakis

“You can’t seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues – you can’t seperate it. Because that’s where it all started, and that’s where it all come from – that’s where I learned to keep rhythm – in church.”

― Art Blakey

“To some extent at that time, we injected rock and roll into that scene- we played loud and that was a huge turning point for that scene. We were involved in playing with all those people.”

― Arto Lindsay

“Then the early punk rock period with Television and the Ramones. That’s what I loved- that’s what I was listening to immediately prior to when I started to play.”

― Arto Lindsay

“The period right before punk rock where people like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop were really strong.”

― Arto Lindsay

“I love Rihanna’s new album, Skrillex, and Norah Jones. They’re are all very different, but I love any rock, pop, and jazz.”

― Ashley Benson

“I wrote a song with Kara DioGuardi called ‘What If,’ and it’s a really beautiful song. It’s kind of like a rock ballad. There’s a lot of guitars and drums in it.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“I wanted to try everything. I learnt a lot from playback singing. But at heart, I’m a pop rock singer; I’m a stage performer.”

― Atif Aslam

“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.”

― Ato Essandoh

“I guess my music taste is pretty predictable: I like new indie rock stuff, older stuff.”

― Aziz Ansari

“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.”

― Aziz Ansari

“I like jazz, rock n’ roll, some hip hop – I can’t think of any music I don’t like.”

― B. B. King

“I like ‘The Usual Suspects’. Great film. I also like ‘Scarface’, films like that. Lots of gangster films. I really like watching all kinds of films, dramas, romance. I’ll watch comedies. I like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle. I’d like to meet them.”

― Barkhad Abdi

“I grew up going to rock shows, and the lines of rock n’ roll cross over with wrestling so much.”

― Baron Corbin

“Later, I even appeared in a Rock Opera with Richard Gere.”

― Barry Bostwick

“I was always brought up to have a cup of tea at halfway up a rock face.”

― Bear Grylls

“I mean, in rock music terms I’m like a dinosaur.”

― Belinda Carlisle

“There are plenty of people in the world who have tried to be rock stars and have not gotten there.”

― Ben Barnes

“The patron saint of outlining – the bespectacled siren who sings to me from his spotless rock – is P. G. Wodehouse.”

― Ben Dolnick

“Rock and roll is – and should be – a kid’s place.”

― Ben Folds

“The second ‘Postal Service’ album is threatening to become the ‘Chinese Democracy’ of indie rock. It will come out eventually, or maybe it won’t.”

― Ben Gibbard

“If it comes out sounding like Dixieland jazz or classical or punk or rock or even slightly metal, that’s because that’s where I’m going to find inspiration.”

― Ben Harper

“I refuse to age disgracefully in rock ‘n’ roll.”

― Ben Harper

“I write about nerds who go the extra mile and become rock stars.”

― Ben Mezrich

“All men in their 40s want to be in rock bands, and I reserve the right to be in a pub band at some point.”

― Ben Miller

“A great deal of American T.V. viewed on Hulu, which is superb – ’30 Rock’, for instance, is on very good form.”

― Ben Schott

“I learned to play piano in a rock n’ roll context or band context from country records – you know, Floyd Cramer – and from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Stax. And none of those are keyboard records.”

― Benmont Tench

“Prince presented us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

― Bernie Worrell

“On piano, I tend to write either gospel or singer-songwriter songs, sometimes kind of rocking blues songs. But the more heavier rock stuff I will write on bass.”

― Beth Hart

“One overlooked great 1980s rock n’ roll band, maybe punk rock – they were on SST Records, same label as Black Flag – is this band called the Leaving Trains.”

― Beto O’Rourke

“There was something punk rock about Bobby Kennedy not going where the pollsters said or where consultants said. He was unmoored from what was safe or easy.”

― Beto O’Rourke

“I just did what I loved – flowers and rock n’ roll. Pretty and punk. I was largely inspired by my dancing school classes and costumes.”

― Betsey Johnson

“I’m into classic rock, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel.”

― Big Cass

“Not everybody is going to be John Cena. Not everybody is going to be The Rock. You need to be what you can be and contribute like you can.”

― Big Show

“One of the first media tours I did was with The Rock – no one knew who I was, as I had just come from WCW; they thought I was The Rock’s bodyguard.”

― Big Show

“I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who were nervous about what they had just bought for a jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase, but are increasingly coming again.”

― Bill Bruford

“I don’t really remember a whole lot of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, really.”

― Bill Bruford

“The man who rows the boat seldom has time to rock it.”

― Bill Copeland

“Rock musicians, and a vast array of popular-music musicians, due to their wealth, acquired through the mass of their notoriety, are able to be listened to and heard and thus are able to effect change on an international level.”

― Bill Dixon

“The Rock has definitely set the bar. He’s in a class by himself, and he always will be, I believe.”

― Bill Goldberg

“Let’s be perfectly honest. I love Rock to death. We’re all different people, but Rock’s a showman.”

― Bill Goldberg

“I sat down one night and wrote the line rock, rock, rock everybody.”

― Bill Haley

“I was listening to music long before rock ‘n roll.”

― Bill Wyman

“I would definitely say the Oakland Raiders are the punk rock band of football.”

― Billie Joe Armstrong

“I’ve been playing rock and roll since I was 16 years old, and now I have a 16-year-old.”

― Billie Joe Armstrong

“I came into this whole business by going to see Rock Against Racism gigs with the Clash.”

― Billy Bragg

“I had known that I’d wanted to be an actor from a very early age, but I had always known that I wanted to have a dual career. I wanted to be an actor, and I also at that time wanted to be a rock star.”

― Billy Burke

“I’ve not been an admirer of contemporary music since punk rock went off the boil in 1977, but once a year I’ll listen to ‘Spiral Scratch’ by the Buzzcocks, or ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ by the Swinging Blue Jeans. Otherwise, I can put up with Chopin or shakuhachi flute in the background.”

― Billy Childish

“Where is this great love for rock and roll that existed for 50 or 60 years?”

― Billy Corgan

“Well, all rock and roll is based in artifice.”

― Billy Corgan

“I mean there’s certainly a lot of progressive rock and metal that exists at the underground level, which has its own vitality, as it should. But it seems to have lost its ability to really charge up the hill.”

― Billy Corgan

“Rock in the mainstream culture has lost a lot of its mojo.”

― Billy Corgan

“I think rock & roll has prepared me for a lot of flexibility.”

― Billy Corgan

“Rock & roll is not about what you play, it’s about how you play it.”

― Billy Corgan

“Turn on, tune up, rock out.”

― Billy Gibbons

“When I started out, everyone seemed to be adopting these names… Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious. I wasn’t really Rotten or Vicious or Nasty, so I wanted something a bit more funny – yet something that seemed real rock ‘n’ roll… something that acknowledged my ambition.”

― Billy Idol

“Rock isn’t art, it’s the way ordinary people talk.”

― Billy Idol

“We got skate parks in different states, but me skating? Nah, I’m too gangster; I can’t rock with it. But I watch it.”

― Birdman

“I’m into the old school. I listen to rock, soft rock, jazz, old school R&B.”

― Biz Markie

“Now that rock is turning 50, it’s become classical in itself. It’s interesting to see that development.”

― Bjork

“I was the only real punk rock kid in my school, with, like, the plaid pants and the Rancid t-shirt.”

― Blackbear

“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.”

― Bob Geldof

“From that first wage case in 1958, I had, pretty much, rock star status.”

― Bob Hawke

“The Beatles changed music forever. They took rock n’ roll from a medium that was about cars and girls and gave it context, interesting chord changes and true musicianship.”

― Bob Spitz

“I grew up on the precursors to rock and roll, rhythm and blues.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“I can’t read music. That’s not where I come from musically. I come strictly from feeling, and that feeling comes from rock & roll.”

― Bobby Keys

“I saw an Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock, where he gets out of jail and makes his own records and takes them to the radio stations himself. And then, he puts records in the store. After seeing that, I made records an put them in stores.”

― Bobby Vinton

“In the rock n’ roll world, I’m someone who’s responsible and levelheaded.”

― Bobcat Goldthwait

“It does matter that it’s the Olympics. I just did it my way. I’m not a martyr, and I’m not a do-gooder. I just want to go out and rock. And man, I rocked here.”

― Bode Miller

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

― Bon Scott

“I think it’s our job to write about what we’re going through at the moment, and being 41, I’m not going to write about the same things I wrote about at 20. I don’t think artists should be farmed out to pasture just because they’re in rock n’ roll.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“Rock music is niche.”

― Bono

“There was a moment when Prince did rock & roll with a sponge-y seductive sound. I think that’s what was in our head for ‘Get On Your Boots.’ But actually, the song is much more punk rock.”

― Bono

“In my view, the only thing worse than a rock star is a rock star with a conscience.”

― Bono

“Rock stars are good at making noise.”

― Bono

“There’s a very thin line between rock and funk. Funk is like a dirtier blues, and so is rock. They’re close cousins.”

― Boots Riley

“When we were doing shows in the mid-’90s, the audiences were 95% black. What’s happened now is the gentrification of hip-hop. A lot of cities passed ordinances that made it hard for black audiences to gather in large groups. Clubs are more open to hip-hop now ’cause it’s the same crowd that goes to rock shows.”

― Boots Riley

“My music diet growing up was lots of sugar. Lots of retro-pop sugar. Motown, disco. A lot of English rock, like the Turtles, the Zombies, Bowie and stuff like that.”

― Borns

“In the early part of the ’70s, we had glam rock, but we also had reggae and ska happening at the same time. I just took all those influences I had as a kid and threw them together, and somehow it works.”

― Boy George

“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

“The biggest misconception about us is that we’re just a rock band. We think our music is a cross-section of many genres; a hybrid of what the six of us have grown up on.”

― Brad Delson

“I’ve heard my share of Van Halen. I never liked rock.”

― Brad Paisley

“Something about cactuses and rock music is a good combination.”

― Brad Paisley

“I’m sure there are a few things in my CD collection that might surprise people. I like classical music, the blues, and I’m a big fan of alternative rock.”

― Brad Paisley

“I tended to lean towards the guys who both sang and played, such as Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner… And at the other end of the spectrum, I had Eric Clapton in a rock and blues sense, jazz guys such as Tal Farlow and Les Paul… Then Chet Atkins-type stuff.”

― Brad Paisley

“The friendship we share grows amidst the craggy rock pond; reeds of water spray fireflies scented with bonfires.”

― Bradley Chicho

“I’m a singer-songwriter. So I play guitar, and I sing. Along the lines of, I guess you could call it, alternative rock.”

― Brandon Jones

“My grandma is kind of a rock star. She goes to France and all over.”

― Brandon T. Jackson

“Even though we’re not the most punk rock band, the way we’ve done things is pretty punk rock. Just kinda say it with a big middle finger to the record labels and do it ourselves.”

― Brandon Thomas

“I love Eighties rock.”

― Brantley Gilbert

“When it came to rock, I was always drawn to guitars.”

― Brantley Gilbert

“Forget acting. It’s all about rock ‘n’ roll.”

― Brendan Fraser

“I wish the rock ‘n’ roll scene to be back in.”

― Brendan Fraser

“The hazards posed by Near-Earth Asteroids are assessed by Sentry, a computer system developed by the Near-Earth Objects Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The software factors together a cosmic rock’s coordinates, distance, velocity, and gravitational influences to calculate its trajectory.”

― Brendan I. Koerner

“I don’t listen to a ton of rock music.”

― Brendon Urie

“It’s not really a popular consensus to sing Sinatra – which I love! And I just think it’s so cool that he disliked rock n’ roll so much.”

― Brendon Urie

“Hip hop is doing the new rock thing; there are no rules. They can do anything, really. And that’s inspiring.”

― Brendon Urie

“There are bands like Imagine Dragon, Grouplove, and fun. who have come along and shifted the way that rock can sound.”

― Brendon Urie

“I love ’80s rock music. I was fascinated with Stevie Nicks when I was growing up.”

― Bresha Webb

“I never envisioned being a rock star. I envisioned the stage. I would draw and draw and draw the stage, or the tour bus. It was much simpler.”

― Bret Michaels

“I hate the rock music tradition. I can’t bear it!”

― Brian Eno

“We didn’t invent this – this rock n’ roll thing.”

― Brian Fallon

“I don’t go to rock bars. Why would I go to rock bars? I can do that every night; it’s boring.”

― Brian Fallon

“I guess the line between being paranoid and being a rock star is smaller than one would expect.”

― Brian Molko

“When I was young, I wanted to do something more low-key, like become a drummer in a rock band.”

― Brooke Burke

“Best two rock voices I’ve heard in a last few years both have been from grunge bands: it’s Eddie Vedder and the other one is Chris Cornell from Soundgarden.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“Rock music should be gross: that’s the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“If you really want to annoy me, ask me when I’m going to retire from rock n’ roll.”

― Bruce Dickinson

“I have no plans to rock myself to sleep in my bath chair yet.”

― Bruce Forsyth

“I would rather be a security guard than a rock star.”

― Bruce McCulloch

“When I first started in rock, I had a big guy’s audience for my early records. I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid ’80s.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“I need to be able to rock out.”

― Bryan Adams

“I grew up with British rock.”

― Bryan Adams

“I think that becoming a successful rock band is a little like becoming a professional athlete. Nobody plans on it.”

― Bryce Dessner

“Being a classical musician, you can go to school for it; you can go get a degree. Even as a composer, there is a certain career path you can follow, but becoming a rock musician is a much more elusive career. How do you learn that or do that?”

― Bryce Dessner

“I came from a classical background, and I was teaching and earning a living out of music at a certain level, so it’s funny to make it as a rock star when we’re 40 or whatever.”

― Bryce Dessner

“If you make rock music with guitars in it, the Radiohead comparison is inevitable.”

― Bryce Dessner

“My main professional experience is touring in a rock band.”

― Bryce Dessner

“I can’t just play in a rock band. The National is a great, exciting band to play in. We improvise a lot onstage, and it’s very intense, but after a while, I crave other kinds of experiences.”

― Bryce Dessner

“The danger of a rock band is repeating oneself. It’s our greatest fear – that it evolves into the myopia of a semi-successful band that’s in love with its own shadow.”

― Bryce Dessner

“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.”

― Bubba Sparxxx

“Rock fans are pretty fickle, too, you know.”

― Bubba Sparxxx

“I think the true rock fans are pretty loyal.”

― Bubba Sparxxx

“I’m going to retire hopefully like Cary Grant did. I’ll be on stage telling a story, everyone’s going to applaud and laugh, and then I’ll drop like a rock.”

― Burt Reynolds

“I feel like the Cal Ripkin of rock n’ roll.”

― Butch Trucks

“I’ve gotta be the only father begging his son to leave a six-figure job to go play in a rock n’ roll band!”

― Butch Trucks

“I don’t think we listened to any rock n’ roll at all in the early days. It was Miles Davis and John Coltrane 95% of the time.”

― Butch Trucks

“The music became secondary to being rock stars.”

― Butch Trucks

“See, we started out with a foundation of blues. But then we added people like Miles Davis and John Coltrane to the mix and gave rock n’ roll a much more complex structure. It made it possible to play more than three chords.”

― Butch Trucks

“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.”

― Buzz Osborne

“The Rolling Stones were one of the best bands ever, and ‘Sticky Fingers’ is one of the best rock albums I’ve ever heard.”

― Buzz Osborne

“I was a huge Bowie fan since I was 12 years old. That was the first ‘punk’ rock I got into in the Seventies. I didn’t find out about a lot of the other stuff that was going on, like New York Dolls and Roxy Music, until a lot later.”

― Buzz Osborne

“’School of Rock’ was just once in a lifetime things; I want to be a doctor, actually. I’d go an do the sequel if they asked me to.”

― Caitlin Hale

“I think that instead of feminism being a political thing, it should be an act of creativity. It’s more of a rock n’ roll thing.”

― Caitlin Moran

“I’m a rock singer, but I love soul, I love blues, and I love theatrical stuff, too, like theatrical rock like Queen and Meat Loaf.”

― Caleb Johnson

“I usually listen to classic rock and roll.”

― Caleb Landry Jones

“Popular culture – above all rock ‘n’ roll, with its African-American R & B roots – did far more to radicalize us than did any feminist leader.”

― Camille Paglia

“Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt.”

― Captain Beefheart

“I love a vintage look that’s also a bit rock n’ roll.”

― Cara Delevingne

“I love rock n’ rollers.”

― Carlene Carter

“In the late ’70s, I was falling into the middle lane. I was way too country to be rock, and way too rock to be a country act.”

― Carlene Carter

“When I first came out, country wouldn’t touch me because I was way too rock, and rock wouldn’t touch me because I was definitely country.”

― Carlene Carter

“When I’m performing for 4,000, 5,000 people, it’s a show. It’s a rock n’ roll concert.”

― Carlos Mencia

“I like to play video games like ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero.’”

― Carmen Electra

“I have willpower and determination. I am very resilient, like rock.”

― Carnie Wilson

“In Ireland, it’s been like U2 and The Cranberries, which is rock, but you know they’re Irish.”

― Caroline Corr

“The thing about Prince Harry is that he has no choice. He’s not some egotistical rock star who wants loads of attention. That is his life. He didn’t ask for it, but he just has to deal with it.”

― Caroline Flack

“With so much of music blurring the lines between ersatz and authenticity, at least the ‘Rock Band’ game is a tribute to rock rather than an affront.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“Rock Band is more like Stairmaster than it is like rock ‘n’ roll – it’s the same steps with different degrees of difficulty.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“Well, in some ways I had sort of the opposite experience of other people that are sort of dreaming of being in a rock band. I was dreaming of like corporate lunches and just like, and I’m not really joking. Like the whole idea to me was really appealing.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“In the realm of fakery, I would choose ‘Rock Band’ over ‘American Idol’ or over any of the other flimsy truths masquerading as music.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“Our solar system is actually a wild frontier, teeming with different, diverse places: planets and moons, millions of objects of ice and rock.”

― Carrie Nugent

“I wasn’t a rock ‘n’ roll girl. I said, Neil Young, Neil Young, where do I know that name from?”

― Carrie Snodgress

“When I was younger I always thought, ‘If I were ever a comedian I’d make it like a rock concert.’ I wanted to generate that type of enthusiasm and excitement.”

― Carrot Top

“I love country and rock, and I wanted to fuse them together. But I also knew that there were certain elements that needed to still be there to be both country and cater to my old fans.”

― Cassadee Pope

“I’ve always had a close connection to both rock and classical music.”

― Catherine Asaro

“Rock n’ roll is not just a fashion statement; it is the attitude, and it has a political posturing as well.”

― CeeLo Green

“I feel like I’m a rock artist. I don’t feel like I’m a pop artist. And I’m alt rock. I’m indie rock. I’m punk rock. Because it comes from the pots and pans. It’s a lot of me, but I’ve got multiple personalities.”

― CeeLo Green

“I really like Deadmau5 and Coyote Kisses. And Foo Fighters too, I like rock.”

― Chandler Riggs

“I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited.”

― Charles Bronson

“Even if consumer confidence hit rock bottom, that most likely would not be enough, by itself, to cause a depression.”

― Charles Duhigg

“I free-form it, rock n’ roll it. I’m a creature of risk, so I don’t know how I’m going to explore a Beethoven symphony until I’m doing it.”

― Charles Hazlewood

“We’re definitely a hodgepodge of influences. Mine, most heavily, would be Southern rock – the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and stuff like that. Hillary is more from the country side – her mom is Linda Davis, a country singer. Dave, he’s a big fan of the Eagles and like that.”

― Charles Kelley

“Mount Harris is of basaltic formation, but I could not observe any columnar regularity in it, although large blocks are exposed above the ground. The rock is extremely hard and sonorous.”

― Charles Sturt

“Rock and roll has probably given more than it’s taken.”

― Charlie Watts

“I want to be the female Rock.”

― Charlotte Flair

“It is a pity that instead of the Pilgrim Fathers landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock had not landed on the Pilgrim Fathers.”

― Chauncey Depew

“My era was ’90s Carhartt-and-Timberlands hip-hop. That’s my rock n’ roll.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“I listen to lots of music, especially Bach, opera (all periods), German lieder, chamber music, and rock, old and new. I can’t listen to music while I write. It’s too absorbing.”

― Cheryl Mendelson

“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.”

― Chester Bennington

“’30 Rock’ is the holy grail of comedy in my opinion.”

― Cheyenne Jackson

“I’m from Italy, but when I’m in L.A., I dress a little bit rock and roll.”

― Chiara Ferragni

“My roots and Victor’s are jazz, basically, but these two young fellows that we have with us come out of rock bands. And they’re tremendously exciting players.”

― Chico Hamilton

“I’ve always been a fan of ‘Beat It,’ ‘You Rock My World,’ and ‘Smooth Criminal.’”

― Chord Overstreet

“’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

“Rock never meant the same thing to everyone, but when I was growing up in the late seventies, everyone could identify the five, ten bands that formed the center.”

― Chris Cornell

“The Byrds weren’t rock n’ roll guys. We were kinda like your Seekers… folkies who took it a step further.”

― Chris Hillman

“A live performance is the same no matter what genre it is. Wrestling, rock ‘n roll, hosting, acting – it’s the same thing.”

― Chris Jericho

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a rock star or a wrestler.”

― Chris Jericho

“You gotta wear the right trousers if you’re gonna be a rock star.”

― Chris Martin

“Well, I don’t like the word ‘rock star,’ the two words, ‘rock star.’ Not even ‘soft rock star. Not even limestone star. I don’t like those words.”

― Chris Martin

“I’d become a corporate rock musician. I worked for ‘Chris Rea.’ He felt like another person. I even talked about him in the third person.”

― Chris Rea

“I’m severely overrated. I’m just above a hack. That should be the name of my new DVD: ‘Chris Rock: Slightly Above Hack’.”

― Chris Rock

“I like working with modern sounds in the studio as much as I’m happy to work with a basic rock n’ roll format.”

― Chris Squire

“I was in a bluegrass band. I made two records with a band called the SteelDrivers. They were nominated for two Grammys. I then I was in a rock band called the Junction Brothers; we made kind of ’70s hard rock music.”

― Chris Stapleton

“If I’m feeling like rock, we’ll do some of that, and if I’m feeling some other way, we might do some of that. So, that’s typically how I record and write and play music and anything else.”

― Chris Stapleton

“Along with rock climbing, I hike and I like to go to the beach, anything outdoors and anything that takes me out of the everyday.”

― Christa B. Allen

“Male rock stars are sexy because they desire you first. I want to be like that.”

― Christine and the Queens

“The rock n’ roll lifestyle did have its perks, but it wasn’t all limos and parties in the early days.”

― Christine McVie

“There are some geologists involved with prospecting for oil and other hidden resources who can pick up a rock and say, ‘Yes, there’s oil under there.’ A geologist who has been studying those kinds of rocks for 10 or 20 years is able to make that pronouncement.”

― Christopher Alexander

“The early parodies that talk-show people did of rock n’ roll in the ’50s were terrible. They didn’t know it, they didn’t like it – and that’s a lethal combination.”

― Christopher Guest

“On ‘Frasier,’ a network executive once suggested that one week we have John Lithgow play Frasier and Kelsey Grammar play Lithgow’s role on ‘3rd Rock From the Sun;’ I’ve been deeply afraid of the idea of a crossover ever since.”

― Christopher Lloyd

“I was inspired by the classic rock radio of the Seventies. They separated Chuck Berry and the Beatles from the Led Zeppelins and Bostons and Peter Framptons of the time. In many ways, classic rock became bigger than mainstream rock.”

― Chuck D

“Few bands in hard rock history have been so adept at balancing the awesome and trivial as Van Halen in their prime.”

― Chuck Eddy

“When I throw the hook, I think of my arm as a whip with a rock attached to the end.”

― Chuck Liddell

“We may play in a contemporary rock vein, use standard bebop themes, and many other things besides.”

― Chuck Mangione

“My inspiration is European fashion. I’m really into Euro fashion, and I also love rock n’ roll. That’s the mentality that I like to have when I’m dealing with fashion.”

― Ciara

“Its rock n’ roll that has done my hearing in.”

― Cilla Black

“I think a lot of people secretly wish they were a rock star, and I’m no exception.”

― Cindy Crawford

“When I grew up, there was one music: rock n’ roll. Somewhere along the line, there was a separation. I don’t know why it happened, but it did happen.”

― Clarence Clemons

“I got into the soul music, but I wanted to rock. I was a rocker.”

― Clarence Clemons

“I was a born rock n’ roll sax player.”

― Clarence Clemons

“To me, the sax is rock n’ roll, even though electric guitars kind of pushed it aside for a while.”

― Clarence Clemons

“I never thought I’d be a, quote, ‘rock & roll star.’”

― Clarence Clemons

“I like rock music. I like jazz better, though.”

― Clarke Peters

“I think, fundamentally, the core of everything I do is punk rock.”

― CM Punk

“Secretly, or maybe not so secretly, I’ve always wanted to be a rock star.”

― Cobie Smulders

“The thing about rock is that people are not just interested in bands because of where they want to go. It’s where they want to escape from that matters.”

― Colin Greenwood

“Boxers, man, except when I have to get dressed up. Then it’s boxer-briefs. But never tighty-whities. Never. But dude! If they brought back Underoos? Dude, if they brought back Underoos, I would rock the Underoos. Like He-Man and Transformers and G.I. Joe and even like Dukes of Hazzard.”

― Colin Hanks

“As far as jeans and shirts, I rock a lot of different things.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“I wouldn’t say there is one specific designer I rock. It’s more of the look of the shirt and what occasion and where I’m wearing it to.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“The movie ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School’ was a sacred text in my household.”

― Colson Whitehead

“Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It caused quite a controversy, because his nose isn’t eligible for another fifteen years.”

― Conan O’Brien

“Believe it or not, I loved acid rock in college – and I still do.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“I want to do rock operas.”

― Corey Feldman

“I’d love to do something like put a piece of moon rock on Mars and a piece of Mars on the moon, a sort of reverse archaeology.”

― Cornelia Parker

“I played in school jazz bands and tried to start rock bands, but nobody was interested.”

― Courtney Barnett

“In rock stardom there’s an absolute economic upside to self-destruction.”

― Courtney Love

“I like there to be some testosterone in rock, and it’s like I’m the one in the dress who has to provide it.”

― Courtney Love

“Being a rock widow is not my job, so I would hire people to do it for me.”

― Courtney Love

“Being a rock star is like being a cult leader – you really have to be in your own religion.”

― Courtney Love

“Rock is all about writing your own script; it’s all about pioneering.”

― Courtney Love

“We can be whatever we want to be. We can be a country band if we need to be. We can be a rock band if we need to be.”

― Coy Bowles

“I wanted to be a rock star.”

― Craig Ferguson

“’30 Rock’ is my favorite TV show and Tina Fey is one of my heroes. She was a dream to work with and the whole cast was just absolutely lovely.”

― Cristin Milioti

“All us Youngs could throw. I used to kill squirrels with a stone when I was a kid, and my granddad once killed a turkey buzzard on the fly with a rock.”

― Cy Young

“I learned jazz; that comes from blues. I learned rock; that comes from blues. I learned pop; that comes from blues. Even dance, that comes from blues, with the answer-and-response.”

― Cyndi Lauper

“When the fearsome foursome of rock music, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis, decided to show up in Toronto for a rock and roll festival, I knew we had to go there to try to get them all on film.”

― D. A. Pennebaker

“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.”

― D. B. Sweeney

“The Black Keys is just a band that wants to get on stage and rock it.”

― Dan Auerbach

“I love to rock ‘n roll. But my finest suit, of all the things I do, is as a songwriter.”

― Dan Fogelberg

“I’m about as privileged as you can get. I’m a white, male, heterosexual front man of a rock band.”

― Dan Reynolds

“I can’t really dress rock ‘n’ roll any more because I’m the wrong side of 40, but I want that to be the fashion.”

― Daniel Craig

“I listen to jazz, pop, rock, R&B. It really doesn’t matter to me.”

― Daniel Ek

“The electric guitar and its players hold a place of privilege in the annals of rock music. It is the engine, the weapon, the ax of rock.”

― Daniel Levitin

“People ask me, what was your rock bottom? I say, pick.”

― Danny Bonaduce

“I am a hip-hop fanatic, and rock fanatic.”

― Danny Masterson

“The other guys in Hootie were into rock. I brought the country influence.”

― Darius Rucker

“I’m a big Black Crowes guy. I think they are one of America’s greatest rock & roll bands ever.”

― Darius Rucker

“I love jam bands, but I still like a three-and-a-half-minute rock song.”

― Darius Rucker

“If I was money-motivated, I wouldn’t have joined a rock band with three other Armenian guys.”

― Daron Malakian

“My hero Socrates trained Plato on a rock. How much did that cost? So the greatest minds in history became the greatest minds in history without spending a lot of money.”

― Dave Brat

“Good rock music always tends to be around.”

― Dave Davies

“There’s always gonna be rock n’ roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock n’ roll records, and there will always be rock n’ roll.”

― Dave Grohl

“I never went to rock concerts when I was a kid. I didn’t see any rock & roll bands.”

― Dave Grohl

“No, there’s something about the sing-song cadence of children’s music that has its place in rock.”

― Dave Grohl

“I never went to rock concerts when I was a kid. I didn’t see any rock & roll bands. I had posters on my wall. I had Beatles records.”

― Dave Grohl

“Charles and I are from Augusta, Ga. – so we come from James Brown territory, soul music and Motown. And Charles has always had a lot of Southern rock in there as well.”

― Dave Haywood

“You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”

― David Bowie

“Now I realize that from ’72 through to about ’76, I was the ultimate rock star. I couldn’t have been more rock star.”

― David Bowie

“I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star or whatever.”

― David Bowie

“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.”

― David Bowie

“We’ve always been just an American rock n’ roll band.”

― David Bryan

“In rock n’ roll, there are notes that aren’t like notes. They’re something in between, and it’s the way you scoop into it.”

― David Bryan

“I’m not a guy who grew up in theater. I’ve always played in rock bands.”

― David Bryan

“I don’t find writing for the theater that different from writing a rock song.”

― David Bryan

“I understand the rock star deal having been one and still going out strapping my guitar on and performing. Now, I probably do 30 or 40 dates a year and I get to relive how I felt at 19 when I played in some really bad bands.”

― David Cassidy

“Some of the best rock shows I ever saw were those appealing to all your senses.”

― David Cook

“Whitesnake more than most rock bands would get a very significant percentage of women in the audience and those were the ones I’d hear the voices because from where I am on stage is a pretty good spot.”

― David Coverdale

“The world wants rock bands to be idiots.”

― David Draiman

“In summation, like your beloved pet rock, Twitter is useful only in your imagination.”

― David Harsanyi

“The age of the rock star ended with the passing of physical product, the rise of automated percussion, the domination of the committee approach to hit-making, the widespread adoption of choreography, and, above all, the advent of the mystique-destroying Internet.”

― David Hepworth

“The list of Scarborough’s rock credentials could go on forever.”

― David Hewson

“We thought that’s the way you were supposed to be if you were in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Flamboyant.”

― David Johansen

“I think we as a band, as individuals, understand that all popular music stems from blues and jazz and even pop, but rock ‘n’ roll especially comes from blues.”

― David Johansen

“A lot of rock bands are truly a legend in their own minds.”

― David Lee Roth

“We’ve pumped waste into cavities in solid rock and found that it spread through the rock.”

― David R. Brower

“I’m really into rock climbing and hiking and stuff.”

― Dean Ambrose

“I’m in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the One-Hit Wonder Wall. I’m still very troubled by the fact that I’m in the hall and my dad isn’t.”

― Debby Boone

“My producing partner and I were shown a novel we really liked. It was called ‘My Abandonment’ by Peter Rock, and we enjoyed reading it.”

― Debra Granik

“Not to age myself, but I remember vividly ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ and entrust my grammar to it.”

― Dede Gardner

“Ricky Nelson… I couldn’t believe it when he died. He was a great rock star.”

― Dee Dee Ramone

“When it comes time to dance, they’re like a regiment; they do the same steps – except for the Mike Teavee dance, where the Oompas play in a rock band. I learned to play the guitar for that one.”

― Deep Roy

“I think I’ve definitely had my rock bottom and I think that was probably right before I went into treatment where I said, ‘I definitely need help.’”

― Demi Lovato

“I like a girl to look relaxed. Tight jeans and rock t-shirts are cute!”

― Devon Werkheiser

“Punk rock is very rebellious, of course, but it also means thinking for yourself.”

― Dexter Holland

“There’s something undeniably oxymoronic about a ‘successful’ rock n’ roll band. Who wants to hear a bunch of success stories whining about their success? More importantly, what can be the drive behind a band, what can they have to rage against when they are successes? That’s a dichotomy every successful band wrestles with.”

― Dexter Holland

“Whether it’s a blatant homage or unconscious mimicry, the Rolling Stones have permanently, indelibly influenced how rock stars look and behave.”

― Diablo Cody

“I’ve been meaning to write about the Rolling Stones, but I am the furthest thing from a hipster rock journalist.”

― Diablo Cody

“Rock has the ability to make you feel like you’re the only person in the room.”

― Diamond Dallas Page

“In 1969, I was playing guitar in several rock bands that toured central Florida.”

― Dickey Betts

“I’m influenced by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelly, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, B.B. King, and then by bluegrass. But when I was 16, bluegrass wasn’t cool. We was rock n’ rollers then: Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis.”

― Dickey Betts

“In rock n’ roll music, you almost have to apologize for being around more than four or five years. I don’t know why.”

― Dickey Betts

“I like big shows, a lot of volume and a lot of energy. I love electric instruments. But I do love mixing those with bluegrass instruments and cranking those up, too, with a little bit of that rock energy.”

― Dierks Bentley

“I got into rock music at thirteen, listening to Van Halen, learned how to play the electric guitar.”

― Dierks Bentley

“I listen to all types of music, but big rock records are the ones that, in the walk-up, make me wonder, ‘What’s this next set going to sound like?’”

― Dierks Bentley

“I was more influenced by players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen than by the guys in southern rock bands.”

― Dimebag Darrell

“Man, don’t get me started on Pat Travers. That dude writes killer blues rock and roll riffs.”

― Dimebag Darrell

“I’ve come to find out everybody loves ol’ David Allan Coe, even people like Kid Rock.”

― Dimebag Darrell

“I show rock and rollers how to grow old gracefully.”

― Dion DiMucci

“I don’t have no favorite rock bands. I’m a fan of rock music, though.”

― DJ Khaled

“I do like classical music, and soft rock, and jazz, which I never listened to when I was 15. Now I like it. The older you get, the more tolerant you get, right?”

― Dmitry Medvedev

“Actually, I hear a lot of rock music. My husband is a big rock fan.”

― Dolly Parton

“We all got older, and we’d tell our children things like, ‘Mommy used to be in a famous rock band,’ but they didn’t believe us. Part of the reason for our reunion was to show our children what we did to make the lives they have possible.”

― Dolores O’Riordan

“Though I’m not a huge fan of The Rock, I admit that I am a fan of the fact that he does his own thing. He gets excited on the mic. He yells. He didn’t listen to what people told him to do, and people responded to that.”

― Dolph Ziggler

“I grew up in a family where my father was in a rock band, and I saw and heard every story.”

― Domino Kirke

“My bones are as hard as a rock. Every time I have a biopsy, the doctors are doing hand exercises a week, ten days out.”

― Don Baylor

“Honest, I listen to classical mostly. It keeps my mind fresh to write rock songs.”

― Don Dokken

“The new material includes a Latin-flavoured song, some electric rock songs, and a ballad. Something strikes me, and I follow that. I’m as excited now as I was when I was 15.”

― Don Felder

“Mick Jagger can’t even make a successful solo album, and the Stones are the biggest rock group that ever was.”

― Don Henley

“It wasn’t a mission to be a rock star. It wasn’t a mission of mine to even be a movie star. I just intended to be a good actor.”

― Don Johnson

“I love old school rock and roll.”

― Don Lemon

“Anthemic rock music is inherently fascist – anything intended to move huge masses of people is politically offensive to me.”

― Donald Fagen

“The suit does not represent the businessman anymore. Nor does the loud shirt represent the rock star. The same man can now wear both.”

― Donatella Versace

“Rock and jazz came together in a very powerful way on ‘Barabajagal.’”

― Donovan

“If there is a Heaven, I’m sure Rock Hudson is there because he was such a kind person.”

― Doris Day

“I acted three times with Fred MacMurray, three times with Martin and Lewis, four times with Rock Hudson. Three times with Glenn Ford.”

― Dorothy Malone

“If a rock band throws a TV set out of a hotel window, it’s seen as anti-Establishment.”

― Douglas Booth

“There is no real way to categorize McLean’s ‘American Pie’ for its hybrid of modern poetry and folk ballad, beer-hall chant and high-art rock.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“There’s big granite walls up toward the Argentine border, but the weather’s serious, and a lot of the rock is mossy and wet.”

― Douglas Tompkins

“My dad sat me in front of the TV, and instead of putting on Nick Jr. or something, he put me in front of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and all the Elvis movies.”

― Drake Bell

“Rock was born in the South, so saying ‘Southern rock’ is like saying ‘rock rock.’”

― Duane Allman

“In rock n’ roll, we don’t sell records at all like we used to. Yet the artist still has to pay to make records. So you’ve just got to get out on tour and be smarter about your merchandising.”

― Duff McKagan

“I came up in the punk rock scene of Seattle.”

― Duff McKagan

“Rock n’ roll is a volatile thing; at least, it’s supposed to be.”

― Duff McKagan

“It’s volatile with GNR. Every night, it’s anarchy on stage. Who knows what’s gonna happen? That’s rock n’ roll, man.”

― Duff McKagan

“If we could sell 100,000 units every album, that would rock. We’d have a big cult following, we’d have a built-in fanbase so we could pretty much play anywhere, people would show up and rock out.”

― Dustin Diamond

“If I want to be called ‘The Rock,’ I’ll be called ‘The Rock.’ If I want to go back to wrestling, I’ll go back to wrestling.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“I am not The Rock. I am Dwayne Johnson.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“I feel proud to be a part of rock n’ roll and the whole tradition of rock n’ roll.”

― Ed Kowalczyk

“As a songwriter and a singer in a successful rock band, I have had the good fortune of being surrounded by incredible musicians, lots of wonderful production on both record and onstage, and plenty of volume!”

― Ed Kowalczyk

“I believe that rock and roll can really make a huge impact on people’s lives.”

― Ed Kowalczyk

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting and/or interviewing most of the top metal and hard rock artists at various points in my career and sharing their stories and music with millions of fans on air through TV and radio.”

― Eddie Trunk

“Anytime rock and metal can get on mainstream TV at all, it’s a good thing.”

― Eddie Trunk

“Hard rock for me is AC/DC, Def Leppard, Tesla, Kiss. Metal tends to be louder, ruder, darker, like Judas Priest, Slayer, Iron Maiden.”

― Eddie Trunk

“I’ve got to say, my parents have always been very supportive. I used to sit in my bedroom and read every liner note and listened to records. My parents are rock fans.”

― Eddie Trunk

“I was around nine when a babysitter snuck ‘Who’s Next’ onto the turntable. The parents were gone. The windows shook. The shelves were rattling. Rock & roll. That began an exploration into music that had soul, rebellion, aggression, affection.”

― Eddie Vedder

“We went from an era when rock ‘n’ roll meant wearing a bustier as a woman and these spandex things and guys trying to portray someone that wasn’t realistic. We are trying to make it seem real… relate to our lives.”

― Eddie Vedder

“I really had little interest in becoming famous. When I write my book, it will be my guide to avoid becoming a rock star.”

― Edgar Winter

“Latin music has many international influences – pop, rock, country, Brazilian sounds, and alternative styles.”

― Ednita Nazario

“Detroit was kind of a random thing where it was like a chance to be in a rock ‘n’ roll movie.”

― Edward Furlong

“I’m just not very rock n’ roll.”

― Edwin van der Sar

“Rock climbing and surfing are two of my favorite things in life.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“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.”

― El-P

“All of the writing on ’30 Rock’ is a joy to go into. It’s pretty hot stuff.”

― Elaine Stritch

“I’d love to play a rock star in a movie, but for now, I’m not performing in public.”

― Elizabeth Berkley

“I love to sing big rock and roll songs; I love to sing country-pop stuff, and then I love to sing soft, sadder beautiful songs.”

― Elle King

“What cultural revolutionaries do not seem to grasp is that, far from being a grass-roots art form that has been taken over by businessmen, rock itself comes from the commercial exploitation of the blues.”

― Ellen Willis

“It often seemed like we had become a nation where the only heroes were rock singers and ball players and that there were no large men of probity who could be called upon for the task.”

― Elliot Richardson

“I do like my rock stars to be a little larger than life. I don’t mind the earnest ones at all, but I do like a bit of individuality.”

― Elton John

“Do glassmakers not have the ability to knead their own agates, marbles and rock crystals?”

― Emile Galle

“When I’m panicked about my love handles, I go to the YMCA and get obsessed with Kid Rock videos as I’m on the running machine.”

― Emily Mortimer

“In my early days, I sang rock stuff, but the career didn’t kick until ’67.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“My first manager was Gordon Mills, who I’d met right at the beginning. We shared a flat in London and traveled with rock bands doing one-nighters. Later, he became a songwriter and manager whose stable was Tom Jones, Gilbert O’Sullivan, and myself.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“When I first started singing, I didn’t know which direction to take – I sang rock & roll and all kinds of things.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“I have touched coral, and it feels hard like a rock, with a little slimy thing on top of it. But it is better to not touch coral, to prevent damaging it.”

― Enric Sala

“Kevin Owens? He couldn’t rock with me. It just wouldn’t happen.”

― Enzo Amore

“When you ask people who their favorite comedian is or favorite African-American comedian, people generally say Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, or Richard Pryor. Redd Foxx gets left out a lot.”

― Eric Andre

“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.’”

― Eric Burdon

“The rock biz is the low end of the creative world. Faces come and go so fast.”

― Eric Burdon

“I used to hang out a lot in jazz clubs, and the groups took to a kid like me who wasn’t afraid to get up and sing with a jazz band. Then I started to hang out in rock clubs and learned to carry off different styles.”

― Eric Burdon

“I wanted to be a rock star. I dreamed of it, and that’s all I dreamed of. To be more accurate, I wanted to be a pop star. This was in the late ’80s. And mostly, I wanted to be the fifth member of Depeche Mode or Duran Duran.”

― Eric Whitacre

“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“I was exposed to many kinds of music including rock and disco, classical and folk, Midtown and Miles Davis, Sly Stone and David Bowie.”

― Esperanza Spalding

“I definitely don’t want to achieve some kind of rock star status.”

― Ethan Suplee

“Pope Francis has aimed a blow at what the whole hierarchical system is built on: a graded system with the higher clergy in the skyboxes, the devoted religious in festival seating, as they say of the crowds at rock concerts, and, on the bottom, the laity in standing room only.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“Rock stars wanting to write is even worse than wanting to act in movies, right?”

― Evan Dando

“I have to make rock records occasionally.”

― Evan Dando

“There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold of that iron rod, and one who is not.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Liverpool are known for this ‘rock and roll’ football. I think I’ve adapted well to this even if, as a player, I like to hold onto the ball longer.”

― Fabinho

“I never started out as an R&B singer. I grew up on all types of music – jazz, rock, pop, country, folk – and I wanted to bring that to my stage.”

― Fantasia Barrino

“Ain’t nobody more punk rock than Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, even Little Richard.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“Everything I do is gauged under the shadow of ‘Dil Chahta Hai.’ Even ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Rock On,’ which are very urban films. So I am always seen through that lens.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“When I made my debut as an actor in ‘Rock On!’ I was confident to get in front of the camera.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“After ‘Rock On!,’ when I started acting, and I sang in the film, people asked me, ‘What was the need to sing in your film?’ and things like that. I really don’t have an answer for it. In terms of what made me do it? It just felt like the right thing to do.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“For ‘Rock On,’ we not only acted as rock musicians; we also went into the studio to record songs and jammed live to get the concert feel right.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“Sometimes I worked with just a background of a rock or a tree or black velvet, and just had to imagine the whole thing.”

― Fay Wray

“I love rock music, I love country music – I love all music, let’s be honest!”

― Fefe Dobson

“I would describe my look as ‘ladylike rock chick.’”

― Felicity Jones

“We’re all humans living on this tiny little rock, floating through space at, like, thousands of miles an hour. We should all just get along.”

― Finn Balor

“I was raised to think that rock was music for ignorant people who didn’t think for themselves.”

― Flea

“The quality of instruction is very high at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. It’s not about being a rock star. It’s about the fundamentals of music, theory and technique on a particular instrument, and playing in an ensemble or private setting.”

― Flea

“Being a rock star isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, let me tell you.”

― Flea

“After my first video, I went out and had chicken noodle soup with my sister and manager. We were like, ‘How rock n’ roll are we? Celebrating the first video with chicken soup.’”

― Fleur East

“I didn’t like progressive jazz or anything. Rock was something I like to listen to.”

― Floor Jansen

“The thing I find frustrating about rock music is, how different can you make an acoustic drum kit sound, an electric guitar and vocals?”

― Flume

“I have very eclectic taste in music, but when it comes to going to concerts, I like going to rock concerts.”

― Fran Drescher

“I like hard rock, and classic rock, and even metal.”

― Frances McDormand

“Whether you have locs, natural hair, wear a relaxer, or rock wigs and weaves, thinning edges can be a frustrating issue.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“There’s more to life than listening to rock music.”

― Frank Black

“Rock ‘n Roll: The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.”

― Frank Sinatra

“Steve Van Zandt is a very intelligent, smart guy. He’s a historian, he knows a lot about rock n’ roll, a lot about music.”

― Frank Vincent

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”

― Frank Zappa

“I’m a huge Travis Tritt fan. I’m a big Southern rock guy.”

― Frankie Ballard

“There are a lot of country artists now that are heavily influenced by hip-hop. That’s not me. I was very heavily influenced by rock & roll.”

― Frankie Ballard

“There’s a lot of audience participation in ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Rocky Horror.’”

― Frankie Grande

“I have to say, Franz in ‘Rock of Ages,’ I had three final callbacks for that role before I booked it – it was something that I’d dreamed of. I wanted to play that role. I love that show.”

― Frankie Grande

“Steve Jobs was a real rock star to me. I looked forward to his products like people look forward to albums.”

― Fred Armisen

“Just give me a mic, and I’ll rock it.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“I look at some of my fans at my show, and a lot of them look like they’re straight out of a punk rock show. They like what I’m coming across with. I had seen them same thing when I went to this Scarface show, so it lets me know that I’m on the right track.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“We’re a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It’s unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear .”

― Freddie Mercury

“I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.”

― Freddie Mercury

“They wanted to start recording rock ‘n roll, and thought I had the right voice.”

― Freddy Fender

“The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.”

― Frederick William Faber

“I just want to be an inspiration. I’m a rock star, I’m Future Hendrix.”

― Future

“I’m not just a hip-hop artist; I feel like I’m a rock star.”

― Future

“My mom would always play me a lot of late-’50s, late-’60s rock.”

― G-Eazy

“I think being a rock star is a little bit different than being an athlete or even a movie star.”

― G-Eazy

“I used to have this lucky rock and I used to always have to rub it three times before I competed.”

― Gabby Douglas

“The Catholic Church is an innately conservative rock – they call themselves the ‘rock of Peter’ – and its resistance to change is, ironically, what has kept it constant throughout the ages.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“As far as guys who perform onstage, I love Chris Rock. I’m kind of jaded on everyone else.”

― Gabriel Iglesias

“Unfortunately or fortunately, in order to become acquainted with the idiom of country or rock music, it is necessary to occasionally play in a bar. Bars are a rehearsal place.”

― Garth Hudson

“There are a few things that I will hopefully be credited for as a pioneer. One is my four-mallet playing. Another one is the starting what was first called jazz rock in 1967 when I started my first band, later became jazz fusion by the 1970s.”

― Gary Burton

“I like mellow music. I like some jazz. But I’m not a big hard rock guy.”

― Gary Carter

“Michael Anthony is the Diplomat of Rock N Roll. He is the regular guy.”

― Gary Cherone

“When 5150 came out rock was king. Post Nirvana and Pearl Jam 1996 is a different story.”

― Gary Cherone

“Being able to fantasize for a couple of days at being a rock singer surpassed most things I’ve done on stage.”

― Gary Cole

“I think it had something to do with my love of music, especially rock music.”

― Gary Cole

“I have an incomplete album that I want to finish. I have been thinking about the plan during my days in jail, I have sung rock n’ roll for forty years. After jail, I will continue to rock n’ roll.”

― Gary Glitter

“Are people like Tom Cruise in touch with their public? I doubt it. Footballers are more like the rock stars of yester-year: they are box office.”

― Gary Lineker

“We’re a rock n’ roll band. We’re more music and rock n’ roll than politics.”

― Gary Rossington

“I’ve got two lives. Weekends, I go out and play rock star. Weekdays, I play granddad. You can’t beat that.”

― Gary Rossington

“Old-school rock bands, and blues bands, too, are kind of a dying breed.”

― Gary Rossington

“I was always fascinated with rock ‘n’ roll, or girls, or something like that when I was a kid.”

― Gary Sinise

“The early Billy Joel stuff I fell in love with, like Glass Houses, is a real rock record.”

― Gavin DeGraw

“So yeah, I play the piano for most of the show, but I like rock and roll.”

― Gavin DeGraw

“I’m not a snob. I like ghetto rap and punk rock and all that stuff.”

― Gavin McInnes

“I have always felt I was more accurately a Hard Rock musician.”

― Geddy Lee

“I was never interested in being a rock star. I always wanted to be Boris Karloff.”

― Gene Simmons

“When you are a rock star in front of 20,000 people, you receive instant gratification. A rock star on tour is a king in his domain.”

― Gene Simmons

“James Bond has a license to kill, rockstars have a license to be outrageous. Rock is about grabbing people’s attention.”

― Gene Simmons

“Rock is about finding who you are. You don’t necessarily have to play your instrument very well at all. You can just barely get by and you can be in a rock band.”

― Gene Simmons

“What’s incredible with Trent Reznor is how he took all the alienation and the rejection of traditional rock and found a way to encapsulate it in a form that made the public finally get industrial music.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“I met Bill Clinton in 1977 while I was working as a news reporter for KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Shortly after we met, we began a sexual relationship that lasted for twelve years.”

― Gennifer Flowers

“Rap bores me, and all the glamour rock groups like Bon Jovi just amuse me. They obviously have a place, but they all sound like they use the same guitar player to me.”

― George Harrison

“I’d rather be a musician than a rock star.”

― George Harrison

“Start with short stories. After all, if you were taking up rock climbing, you wouldn’t start with Mount Everest. So if you’re starting fantasy, don’t start with a nine-book series.”

― George R. R. Martin

“Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity.”

― George Thorogood

“The reason it has lasted for 30 years is for one reason and one reason only: Classic Rock radio.”

― George Thorogood

“When Sweden’s Jan-Ove Waldner travels to China to play table tennis, he is mobbed when he leaves his hotel as if he were a rock star walking around Manhattan or a soccer star walking around Europe.”

― George Vecsey

“It was harder to break into comics than it was to become a singer in a rock band.”

― Gerard Way

“I like hip-hop and rock music.”

― Giannis Antetokounmpo

“My thighs were huge; they were like rock! Growing up, I was really athletic, and I had a very athletic body.”

― Gigi Hadid

“I go to contemporary galleries all around the world when I can. There’s always something historical and something contemporary; those are my rock references.”

― Giles Deacon

“My interest is in turning over a rock and seeing what’s underneath. It’s a personality trait more than anything; it’s what made me want to become a crime reporter, even though I was not suited for it personality-wise.”

― Gillian Flynn

“I would love it if ‘Community’ could have a trajectory like ’30 Rock’ and choose when to go out.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“I’d rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll.”

― Ginger Baker

“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

“I have to admit, I do not listen to much rock music.”

― Giorgio Moroder

“They could never put me in a slot. They couldn’t say Glen was ‘country,’ ‘pop’ or ‘rock.’ I’m crock, OK? A cross between country and rock. Call me crock.”

― Glen Campbell

“I just wanted to do a music show, with the whole realm of music from Ella Fitzgerald to rock bands like Cream to Kenny Rogers. We had a lot of country, but we did every kind of music. The Monkees were on, and so was Johnny Cash.”

― Glen Campbell

“Rock Hudson. He was an absolute human being. Charming, funny, real.”

― Glenda Jackson

“I was watching TV once, and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ comes on, and I’m like, ‘What is this?’ I started watching it, and at the end, I thought, ‘This is what I want to do. That’s what I want to be. That’s for me. That’s it!’”

― Glenn Danzig

“On Sirius, I can find anything I want. They have about four or five different metal channels, rock channels; there’s a whole Elvis channel.”

― Glenn Danzig

“When I embraced the rock hat, when I put it on two or three years ago, when I realized I’m gonna go and make really focused rock albums, it felt like wearing an old shoe. It was a perfect fit.”

― Glenn Hughes

“I don’t know a lot of Kasabian’s music. I am into rock music but I don’t know their stuff.”

― Grace Chatto

“I’m not a rock star; I’m a soft person.”

― Grace Jones

“Rock n’ roll can get quite overwhelming. You can get caught up in the cycle.”

― Grace Jones

“I’m quite a nurturing person, and I’m more a mom than a crazy, partying rock star.”

― Grace Potter

“My parents raised me on Spooky Tooth and The Band, Derek and the Dominoes, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, all that stuff. Rock n’ roll was just in my subconscious.”

― Grace Potter

“Anyone who’s 71 years old would look ridiculous singing rock.”

― Grace Slick

“If you don’t own the stage, you shouldn’t be in rock n’ roll.”

― Grace Slick

“Rock & roll is not obscure, it’s really easy to understand. So is my painting.”

― Grace Slick

“Being in a rock n’ roll band was like being in a Sherman tank. Nothing got to you. You were surrounded and protected by men.”

― Grace Slick

“I’m actually in my 22-year-old son Jason’s band, After Midnight Project. The music is like Coldplay-ish rock.”

― Greg Evigan

“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.”

― Greg Ginn

“Ideologically, the pursuit of science is not that different from the ideology that goes into punk rock. The idea of challenging authority is consistent with what I have been taught as a scientist.”

― Greg Graffin

“I’m still waiting for rock bands to come back, something raw and relevant.”

― Greg Kurstin

“As I said to Ringo, I was in a successful Rock N Roll band. He was in a band that changed the world. That’s the difference.”

― Greg Lake

“With digital, you do have the advantage of having an absolutely rock steady image because there’s no projector gate, no perforations, no film weaving through a machine. And there’s no dust and no scratching.”

― Greg MacGillivray

“Before I got into rock n’ roll, I was going to be a dentist.”

― Gregg Allman

“And that’s the mistake that was made with Steel Pier. Roger was caught between a rock and hard place. It would have cost a couple of million dollars more to take it to Boston or someplace first. So we opened about a month too early.”

― Gregory Harrison

“You don’t just have to be influenced by rock, or goth, anymore. It’s okay to say, ‘My influences are Tin Pan music from Bali and Rihanna.’ There are still so many combinations that haven’t been done yet.”

― Grimes

“In that, Blade 2 is very much like a rock concert… if it’s too loud, you’re too old.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“People are forgiving of v 1.0 of a product if it’s truly innovative and useful. Then you can get away with a lot. But if you’re merely marginally improving the status quo, then you better be rock solid.”

― Guy Kawasaki

“I’ve never lived like a bloody rock star or anything.”

― Guy Martin

“There’s something that sort of weirds me out about actors who want to be rock stars, and the other way around too.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.”

― Gyorgy Ligeti

“Hip-hop became the voice of rebellion and the youth, as rock music did in the ’60s.”

― Gza

“I like all kinds of music – classical, pop, rock, electronic.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“My folks have played everything from rock, disco, pop, funk, and blues. My dad has always brought and played different genres like jazz, classical, and Latin. With all this in my pocket, I feel I have a taste of everything for my influences.”

― Haley Reinhart

“Rock ‘n’ roll is good for the soul, for the well being, for the psyche, for your everything. I love it.”

― Hank Ballard

“I can’t even picture being without rock ‘n’roll.”

― Hank Ballard

“People like to compare something to something that they know. Even with Chris Rock, they say he’s like Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy.”

― Hannibal Buress

“I’m like a snake sleeping on a rock. I won’t bother you unless you poke a stick at me.”

― Harlan Ellison

“Lyrics can’t do what they do – or should do – when you’re creating a musical with rock lyrics. There’s plenty of room for rock musicals, just not all rock musicals.”

― Harold Prince

“Rock n’ roll doesn’t change. All the idiocies and pretension continue.”

― Harry Shearer

“People perceive punk rock in the sense of Sid Vicious, all strung-out, crazy and insane.”

― Hayley Williams

“I don’t date rock ‘n’ rollers. I just marry them.”

― Heather Locklear

“Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock.”

― Henry Rollins

“Where there is young people and vitality, you’re going to find punk rock.”

― Henry Rollins

“This is my own little rock theory: In my mind, Nirvana slayed the hair bands. They shot the top off the poodles.”

― Henry Rollins

“Dinosaur Jr. in their live capacity are a band that put me in a state of such overwhelming rock that it often takes quite a while to come down.”

― Henry Rollins

“I have always maintained that Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of Rock & Roll.”

― Henry Rollins

“Rock n’ roll unchained a nation and revolutionized radio and the record industry, not to mention the motion picture business.”

― Henry Rollins

“My father did not rock. He just earned and hated. Don’t end up like this man.”

― Henry Rollins

“I have experimented with various genres of music, whether its rock, pop, slow songs, etc.”

― Himesh Reshammiya

“I wanted to make the kind of records that I heard in the discos that I danced in at that time. Funky, electronic sounds, while the musicians in the band were more rock oriented. This I suppose created the sound we know as Frankie Goes To Hollywood.”

― Holly Johnson

“Regardless of what humans do to the climate, there will still be a rock orbiting the sun.”

― Hope Jahren

“As the work proceeded we found that the western end of the cutting receded under the slope of the rock, and thus was partly roofed over by the overhanging rock.”

― Howard Carter

“There’s no skill. You can be a rock and move into another cash bracket.”

― Howie Mandel

“I was in a vintage pub rock band called Clover in the 1970s.”

― Huey Lewis

“If you’re gonna use simile, analogy, metaphor, be descriptive and have some flowery adjectives and a few odd nouns and some engaging bits of dialogue or sentiment, then you’re sort of writing a novel, really. But rock lyrics are not really known for their sophistication.”

― Ian Anderson

“Not to be mean about it, but some great rock and rollers, like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, are pretty one-dimensional.”

― Ian Anderson

“I’m a big fan of piano-based rock music like Elton John, Ben Folds, and even Queen.”

― Ian Axel

“Sex and drugs and rock and roll.”

― Ian Dury

“We were the first generation of rock & roll, but life goes on.”

― Ian Gillan

“We have been called old rockers, rock pensioners, and dinosaurs.”

― Ian Gillan

“’Classic rock’ is never a label that we’ve given ourselves – it’s one of the many labels that’s been imposed on us.”

― Ian Gillan

“If there was such a thing as a typical English gentleman in rock music, then it was Jon Lord.”

― Ian Gillan

“I have to think that ‘Nessa Dorma’ is the greatest rock ballad that’s never been recorded as such.”

― Ian Gillan

“Rock music had its own constituency, its own steering wheel. It was beyond the control of the establishment, and we saw TV as the enemy.”

― Ian Gillan

“I wouldn’t mind being the lead guitarist in an incredibly successful rock band. However, I don’t play the guitar.”

― Ian Mcewan

“I would have loved to have been a rock n’ roll star. But none of us was musical, and none of us had any instruments.”

― Ian Rankin

“I don’t think our music has much to do with math rock.”

― Ian Williams

“An MC is somebody who can control the crowd. An MC is a master of ceremonies so not only can you say your rap, you can rock the party.”

― Ice T

“In ‘Pacific Rim’ I had to have a haircut I wouldn’t usually rock. However, the moustache I had in the film – that might have to come out again. It was a good moustache. Good times.”

― Idris Elba

“’Punk rock’ is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it.”

― Iggy Pop

“With a rock band, you play the same things over and over and over.”

― Ikue Mori

“I was playing in other rock bands. Any of those bands didn’t last long.”

― Ikue Mori

“I did not want to get involved with a rock star. No way. It is not a sane thing to do.”

― Iman

“I love punk rock, The Clash, The Ramones, The Cramps. I love where it all came from, and music for my ears now, it has to have that same electricity, adrenaline and danger.”

― Imelda May

“The release of ‘Chinese Democracy’ marks a historic moment in rock n’ roll.”

― Irving Azoff

“I don’t read a lot of rock magazines for the most part.”

― Isaac Brock

“I joke that we’re not dissimilar to a rock band in the ’70s.”

― Isaac Hanson

“When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a rock star, not an actor. It means I can do what I want on my own terms.”

― Iwan Rheon

“Think back to the early rock n’ roll records, and the average record length in the ’50s – and well into the ’60s – was two and a half minutes. It’s very hard to put that much songwriting into two and a half minutes.”

― J. D. Souther

“I’m honestly all over the board. I think if I had to pick one, I’d probably say it’s country first, but I listen to literally everything: country, pop, rock, rap.”

― J. J. Watt

“I grew up on Raffi. That was my first impression of what a rock star was.”

― Jack Antonoff

“There’s nothing you can really do to prepare to rock. Do you prepare to eat a delicious meal? Are you hungry? Then you’re gonna eat it.”

― Jack Black

“The movie Spinal Tap rocked my world. It’s for rock what The Sound of Music was for hills. They really nailed how dumb rock can be.”

― Jack Black

“I am the Rock’s greatest fan.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“I’d look at one of my stonecutters hammering away at the rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it would split in two, and I knew it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

― Jacob Riis

“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.”

― Jacob Riis

“You don’t have to be in a rock band to write your own music.”

― Jade Thirlwall

“Comedians want to be rock legends for a day – that sounds fun to them.”

― Jake Kasdan

“Blues, rock and hip hop are more about a lifestyle and culture than notes on a page.”

― Jake Shimabukuro

“Kurt Cobain is one of the reasons I started doing music because I just loved to watch them rock out.”

― James Arthur

“I know I’m a pop star. But sometime I’d like to be a rock star.”

― James Blunt

“Rock stars are incredibly energizing to me.”

― James Daly

“Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.”

― James Ellroy

“We wanted the language to feel fresh, fun, and rock solid.”

― James Frank

“As things mature – whether they be real estate, rock n’ roll, politics, festivals, radio – there’s an efficiency that develops, and with it, very often, comes some soul-crushing truths.”

― James Murphy

“I was into punk rock my whole life. I never listened to the Eagles. I never listened to things that were getting Grammys. So getting a Grammy nomination wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t meaningful.”

― James Murphy

“If I opened a record store, it wouldn’t be all punk rock and esoterica.”

― James Murphy

“Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys gave me a present: it’s a boombox with a keyboard and a beatbox in it. You can’t make that up.”

― James Murphy

“I’m really focused and obsessed with writing things that are specific. I don’t like big rock lyrics – I find them infuriating.”

― James Murphy

“I did ‘Rock of Ages’ when it was in both L.A. and Vegas, playing the lead, Drew.”

― James Snyder

“Punk rock has never really had much patience with musical virtuosity. Actually, it’d be more accurate to say that for most of its history, punk has been actively hostile to virtuosity.”

― James Surowiecki

“Bruce Springsteen’s a rock star. Elton John is a rock star. I’m a folk musician. Honestly, I think that’s true.”

― James Taylor

“Mitt Romney – he had a Rock Hudson thing going, shoeblack hair and a well-hung resume, but even for a shameless, position-shifting phony he seemed a trifle insincere.”

― James Wolcott

“People like to let loose at rock concerts and it gives them an excuse to do it in a way that is not destructive to others and not really destructive to the band.”

― James Young

“A lot of people are surprised by my love of heavy metal. I fell in love with heavy metal almost before any other genre. One of the first concerts I went to was a Donnington Monsters Of Rock concert.”

― Jamie Cullum

“If you’re going to pretend to be somebody you’re not – which is the whole point of being a rock star – then why not just invent fake characters and have them do it all for you?”

― Jamie Hewlett

“If I could do theater during the hiatus and then do ’30 Rock’ in the winter, that would be my ideal job.”

― Jane Krakowski

“I try to make my music have the quiet spaces of folk, the intimacy, and the energy of rock.”

― Jane Siberry

“I’m inspired by the words: ‘electrifying’, ‘epic’, ‘minimalistic’, ‘transcendent’, ‘timeless’ and ‘rock n’ roll.’”

― Janelle Monae

“Rock on out.”

― Janis Joplin

“You get to a certain age and you just want to prove that you can still rock – that you’ve still got it.”

― Jarvis Cocker

“I’d rather have 1000 of our fans than 10,000 Kid Rock fans!”

― Jason Isbell

“I grew up rock climbing.”

― Jason Momoa

“I used to watch those rock videos where they would chainsaw the piano. And I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I thought classical music was corny.”

― Jason Moran

“All I want you to do is rock. That’ll be forever, man.”

― Jason Newsted

“What I always wanted to do was to be a rock star.”

― Jason Robert Brown

“We were so influenced not only by country music but by the rock bands of the ’80s. Our focus was to bring in something different. Country music already had a George Strait and Alabama. We wanted to put some pop music in our show.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“I was an ’80s child, so I grew up loving all kinds of ’80s rock. I like R&B, too.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“A window of opportunity for me usually involves a rock.”

― Jay London

“Founding a successful startup is no different than forming a rock band.”

― Jay Samit

“How gently rock yon poplars high Against the reach of primrose sky With heaven’s pale candles stored.”

― Jean Ingelow

“I have two sons, and at 16, they were into Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and a lot of British rock.”

― Jean-Marc Vallee

“I wanted to find a bridge between Musique Concrete, electro-acoustic music, and proper rock music.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I certainly didn’t want to be in a punk rock band, because I had already been in a punk rock band. I wanted to be in a band that could do anything – like Led Zeppelin.”

― Jeff Ament

“I grew up in Arkansas, and I went to Little Rock Central High, which was the site of a desegregation crisis in ’57. I graduated in ’97.”

― Jeff Nichols

“Survivor is like rock ‘n’ roll – you can do what you want.”

― Jeff Probst

“You can dress down or dress up anything simply by what footwear you rock.”

― Jeffree Star

“Most salespeople would like to think of themselves as being rock stars, but they don’t display the talent to match their definition.”

― Jeffrey Gitomer

“Rock stars, like anyone else, have to show discipline and take consistent good actions.”

― Jeffrey Gitomer

“If I go without rock for too long, I feel depressed.”

― Jello Biafra

“I listen to a lot of indie or rock music.”

― Jennifer Damiano

“I listened to classic rock and roll, and punk rock. ‘Goon Squad’ provides a pretty accurate playlist of my teenage years, though it leaves out ‘The Who,’ which was my absolute favorite band.”

― Jennifer Egan

“I’ve done archery for about six weeks, and rock climbing, tree climbing – and combat, running and vaulting. But also yoga and things like that, to stay catlike!”

― Jennifer Lawrence

“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.”

― Jenny Lewis

“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.”

― Jenny Lewis

“Rock n’ roll is a pretty fun job.”

― Jenny Lewis

“Rilo Kiley was a rock band, so I wanted my solo records to feel different.”

― Jenny Lewis

“You wouldn’t want to be in a rock band – trust me.”

― Jenny Lewis

“I want to star in an action-comedy, like ‘The Rock’ or ‘Con Air.’ Those are the movies I wanted to star in since I was a kid.”

― Jermaine Fowler

“My guitar is a mutation between a classic Fender Stratocaster guitar, which I played for years, and a Gibson solid-body like an SG or a Les Paul. It contains all sounds of the basic classic rock n’ roll guitars. It does what I want it to do.”

― Jerry Garcia

“Gangsta rap was the most important movement since the beginning of rock n’ roll.”

― Jerry Heller

“Bono is my inspiration – not only as a rock star but as a humanitarian. We aren’t just put on this earth to sell records. Maybe it’s because of my upbringing, but I do consider myself a moral guy.”

― Jesse McCartney

“I believe that the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin are two of the greatest rock bands ever!”

― Jesse Ventura

“I’m thinking of putting together an all-star band. I definitely have a bit of a rock fantasy.”

― Jessica Pare

“Classical music can rock you!”

― Ji-Hae Park

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be a spy detective or a rock star.”

― Jill Sobule

“I once said a poet has the right to sing as loudly and vocally as he wants to. Most poets should face a rock n’ roll audience for one night to keep them honest.”

― Jim Carroll

“Our first two records are a lot quieter and more studio-based. We kind of had this feeling like we wanted to make a more quote-unquote ‘rock’ record. Then Patrick joined and really brought a new Herculean power to the band.”

― Jim James

“There were lots of songs that were on ‘It Still Moves’ that I had written, and we had played – rehearsed, but also played live a couple of times – that could’ve gone on ‘At Dawn’, but we always knew we wanted to make a record that was more quote-unquote ‘rock n’ roll.’”

― Jim James

“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.”

― Jim Sullivan

“Rock is so much fun. That’s what it’s all about – filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.”

― Jimi Hendrix

“I always wanted to be in a rock band, but I wanted to sing like a soul singer.”

― Jimmy Barnes

“Had I joined a straight rock band, I’m sure my drumming would be a little bit different right now.”

― Jimmy Chamberlin

“Even though I’m a jazz-trained drummer, I cut my teeth playing rock.”

― Jimmy Chamberlin

“Interscope is run more like a rock band than a record company. It’s run in a very spontaneous, heartfelt way.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“Bruce Springsteen gave people faith in rock & roll and in themselves again.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“When rock came in, I wasn’t bitter about it. I was puzzled.”

― Jo Stafford

“Rock ‘n’ roll music is what gets me off.”

― Joan Jett

“One of the mistakes I made was believing that the rock n’ roll genre as a genre was much more free than the whole pop or R&B scene.”

― Joan Jett

“I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn’t play rock ‘n’ roll.”

― Joan Jett

“Why there aren’t people out there willing to have fun playing rock ‘n’ roll. I just don’t get it.”

― Joan Jett

“As much as I like to explore the world, I explore music – from classical to rock.”

― Jochen Zeitz

“I’m actually much more of a rock player than many people think.”

― Joe Bonamassa

“Who’s to say a blues man can’t play rock and roll?”

― Joe Bonamassa

“My goal for ‘Black Rock’ was pretty simple: I wanted to make the feel-good record of the summer.”

― Joe Bonamassa

“If it wasn’t for guys like Gary Moore, I wouldn’t exist. He not only proved that the blues could rock but it could draw a crowd as well. All of which made a huge impression on me.”

― Joe Bonamassa

“Rock and roll came into my life when I was about 12, 13, when Little Richard and Chuck Berry had just started hitting the shores of England.”

― Joe Cocker

“In England, rock music very rarely infiltrates the charts, but country music even less so.”

― Joe Elliott

“There were incredibly few rock songs making it out to the airwaves until the ’80s came along.”

― Joe Elliott

“Every town in America had at least one, two, or maybe three radio stations that played rock 24 hours a day. In England, we had a rock specialist on for two hours a week.”

― Joe Elliott

“The risks are ‘How country can you go?’ rather than ‘How rock can you take it?’”

― Joe Nichols

“The Beatles just changed everything right across the board. They just had that right combination of clean-cut good looks – a cute band – but under that they had a real rock n’ roll thing going on.”

― Joe Perry

“AC/DC is a prime example of taking that blues rock thing and just living in that world. They only really move the furniture around a little on each album, but it still works.”

― Joe Perry

“There’s no doubt arena shows are exciting, but you don’t get that up close and personal kind of vibe, and that’s what rock n’ roll is all about for me.”

― Joe Perry

“Some of the best rock riffs ever written were by Jimmy Page, and I can’t really name the songs, but some of the stuff he did on his first and second records is beyond brilliant.”

― Joe Perry

“Hopefully I’m bringing to rock n’ roll the kind of spontaneity that I love, and always believed rock and roll stands for.”

― Joe Perry

“In Washington, I found myself as a 31-year-old in a room with the president, vice president, and secretaries of state and defense, and I was unfazed by it. But get me around a rock star I grew up with and I have trouble completing sentences.”

― Joe Scarborough

“We sing in English, not mimicking some American rock singer’s accent. That’s just pretending to be something you ain’t.”

― Joe Strummer

“Being in a rock n’ roll and pop world, it’s very easy to act like a kid.”

― Joey McIntyre

“I mean, like, rock n’ roll was always about spirit and fun.”

― Joey Ramone

“Well, I think we’re the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.”

― Joey Ramone

“Rock n’ roll is very special to me. It’s my lifeblood.”

― Joey Ramone

“I never wished to be a ‘rock star.’ I just wanted to be a working musician. My dreams didn’t even go past a session player or a working musician. It was too far beyond my dreams.”

― John 5

“Back in Chicago, all we cared about was rock ‘n’ roll and staying out of the army.”

― John Belushi

“Rock n’ roll is at a standstill, I think – and comedy is taking its place as something exciting.”

― John Belushi

“I think as far as themes, ‘Hedwig’ is about what music meant to you as a kid and how rock n’ roll can save you; that is definitely part of it.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“In rock and roll, homosexuality was accepted, but it was less cool to say it.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“The first rock stars were incredibly theatrical. Little Richard and Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley – they were theater artists.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I went to theater school at Northwestern, and I was quite conservative. Reagan at the time seemed quite revolutionary, or at least a rock star: He was radical and kind of punk rock.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I dropped out of school at 17 and joined the Irish band The Frames, getting my first glimpse into the world of professional film making while shooting of a number of rock videos.”

― John Carney

“Just like I have my critics, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has critics, and I was one of the biggest ‘Hey man, you’re never here’ guys around, but not anymore. He’s completely committed to WWE.”

― John Cena

“You know, I always root for the older athlete. I root for the second album. I root for solo careers after the rock star breaks the band apart.”

― John Cho

“Motley is a great band; they’re a legendary band. They’re probably going to go into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at some point.”

― John Corabi

“Kid Rock is a hell of an athlete.”

― John Daly

“The Telecaster doesn’t really sound that good for the kind of rock and roll that a lot of people played.”

― John Fogerty

“Rock music is electronic music, dependent entirely on electronic circuitry and amplification.”

― John Frusciante

“I feel like rock n’ roll has become very tame.”

― John Gourley

“Portland is where all the fringe groups went to escape. Where the outliers brought that DIY, punk rock attitude and made the city their own.”

― John Gourley

“It’s silly to me to not be positive about rock advancing and growing. Really, we just want rock n’ roll to be mainstream.”

― John Gourley

“You can’t just be a rock star by rehashing things you’ve seen or done before. Bring something new, which is what hip-hop does best.”

― John Gourley

“Before moving to Pennsylvania in 1999, I played bass in a newsroom rock band in South Florida for several years.”

― John Grogan

“I got the honor of traveling some with Kerry Von Erich. He was as close to a rock star as I’ve ever seen. He had a presence that when he walked into a room, it was like Elvis walking into the room.”

― John Layfield

“Ron Simmons had a lot to do with Rock’s success.”

― John Layfield

“Hip hop has the urgency and rebelliousness that early rock n’ roll and punk had: a level of rule-breaking and flirtation with danger. It allows you to break the rules.”

― John Legend

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

― John Lennon

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity.”

― John Lennon

“I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”

― John Lennon

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

― John Lennon

“I won two Golden Globes, and there was a long, long period in between the wins. That might be explained by the fact that when I first won the award, for ‘3rd Rock on the Sun,’ I satirically compared aliens on the show to the Foreign Press Association. And they did not take that well.”

― John Lithgow

“For me, the best rock is not what you play – it’s what you’re not playing.”

― John Lydon

“I don’t think there’s any such thing as rock n’ roll anymore – it’s an amalgamation of business interests.”

― John Lydon

“This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that’s it.”

― John Mellencamp

“I love what Alabama Shakes is doing – it’s kind of like what grunge did to rock ‘n’ roll, they’re doing to R&B.”

― John Oates

“Personally, I’ve never really wanted to be a rock star. That wasn’t my motivation in life. It kind of happened.”

― John Oates

“I’ve always liked funk and rock and everything.”

― John Otto

“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.”

― John Owen

“I never fit in with straight country. I never really fit in with rock n’ roll. I’ve always been somewhere in between all this stuff.”

― John Prine

“I think punk rock needs an ‘Amadeus.’”

― John Ross Bowie

“Daniel Ek, the C.E.O. of Spotify, is a rock star of the tech world, but he is not long on charisma.”

― John Seabrook

“I enjoy looking at old photos of some of my favorite rock icons, but also get inspired from the younger bands that are coming up and really creating their own style, their own image.”

― John Varvatos

“I build on Christ, the rock of ages; on his sure mercies described in his word, and on his promises, all which I know are yea and amen.”

― John Wesley

“Not a lot of hard rock bands are just letting it all be – they’re adding a lot of samples on things, or effects or whatever – and we just wanted the drums to be raw so you could really hear what Brooks Wackerman is capable of.”

― Johnny Christ

“It’s a big deal when you play in a rock band and you conquer Japan. You know, it’s a big deal.”

― Johnny Colt

“I really love a lot of early Sixties R&B, rock n’ roll, and I love performing songs that have that power and soulfulness.”

― Johnny Flynn

“If rock & roll is dead and gone, man, I am missing out on it.”

― Johnny Van Zant

“Look at Montgomery Gentry. If those boys came out in the ’70s, they’d be Southern rock.”

― Johnny Van Zant

“Look at Gretchen Wilson. If she came out in the ’70s she’d be the queen of Southern rock.”

― Johnny Van Zant

“I just like the blues better than rock ‘n’ roll.”

― Johnny Winter

“The Progressive Blues Experiment, Johnny Winter… and Still Alive and Well is my favorite rock record.”

― Johnny Winter

“Everybody was tellin’ me that I had to do something different, and I kind of agreed that I did need to vary it a little bit. I still love some rock ‘n’ roll too.”

― Johnny Winter

“The beauty of jazz is that it can accommodate all styles. You can take jazz and put rock in it, and it’s still jazz.”

― Jon Batiste

“For years, I’ve had a hankering for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis. Franklin is credited with so many inventions: the postal system, lightning rods, the constitution. He was a rock star before there was such a thing.”

― Jon Bon Jovi

“I saw rock n’ roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.”

― Jon Landau

“When the Beatles cut old rock n’ roll, they were recording music still in their performing repertoire, and besides, they never thought of the music as old.”

― Jon Landau

“The Beatles never sounded intimidated by their idols. They never interpreted old rock; they simply played it as well and as joyfully as they knew how. On ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ John Lennon does nothing but interpret old rock.”

― Jon Landau

“’Call Me’ is not an exceptional Al Green album, but it is as solid as a rock at its center.”

― Jon Landau

“James Taylor may be an all-American boy but he isn’t Horatio Alger, and the lionizing of many rock stars by the rock press has as much to do with old fashioned rags-to-riches stories as does the straight culture’s deification of its idols.”

― Jon Landau

“The early Stones were adolescent rockers. They were self-conscious in an obvious and unpretentious way. And they were committed to a musical style that needed no justification because it came so naturally to them. As they grew musically the mere repetition of old rock and blues tunes became increasingly less satisfying.”

― Jon Landau

“The Rolling Stones are constantly changing, but beneath the changes they remain the most formal of rock bands. Their successive releases have been continuous extensions of their approach, not radical redefinitions, as has so often been the case with the Beatles.”

― Jon Landau

“The Stones were always exemplary of one of the best of all rock qualities: tightness. They have always been economical, the opposite of ornamental. Having a very clear idea of what they wanted to say they could go into a studio and make it all up on a three minute cut.”

― Jon Landau

“We’re a gumbo of American music, and aren’t ashamed to play pop or soul or rock because we all grew up on radio.”

― Jonathan Cain

“It seems like bands have stopped making timeless, great rock albums like they did back in the day.”

― Jonathan Davis

“I think there was a lot competition in the rock scene.”

― Jonathan Davis

“I was a sort of rock journalist – whatever that is – in London in the late ’60s.”

― Jonathan Demme

“That’s what rock music is, I think – constantly searching for authenticity, and being as honest as possible.”

― Jonathan Jackson

“I grew up in the 1950s at the beginning of rock n’ roll, and would strum a tennis racket in front of the mirror.”

― Jonathan Pryce

“Buddy Holly and the early rock ‘n’ roll was no lighter than the way I play. It’s very minimal.”

― Joni Mitchell

“During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.”

― Jonny Lang

“There’s no half-singing in the shower, you’re either a rock star or an opera diva.”

― Josh Groban

“T-shirt and jeans style now is where I’m at. Maybe a little rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt and jeans.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“I’m all about flannels and layers, so that’s pretty much what I rock.”

― Josh Hutcherson

“I don’t think there should be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, period.”

― Josh Klinghoffer

“After ‘Rock Star,’ I was definitely doing more high profile gigs. I was playing in Iceland. I was playing in Canada.”

― Josh Logan

“I started buying records in the ’80s. I listened to everything new wave, disco, funk synth-pop, rock, but in my house we were listening to bossa nova, tango, and folk.”

― Juan Campodonico

“I played the guitar. When I was 14, I composed songs – Paul McCartney-style things. I had a rock band – we’d compete in festivals.”

― Juan Diego Florez

“Sometimes ’30 Rock’ was a struggle because I’d be doing the show and still be doing stand-up full-time.”

― Judah Friedlander

“I’ll do a cappella stuff, rock ‘n’ roll and swing stuff.”

― Juice Newton

“I tend to fall for the archetypal, talented, charismatic rock boy.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“Once I picked up an electric guitar, I lost interest in piano, and I just wanted to rock. I studied piano for so long, I got burned out on it.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“You find yourself approaching middle age, playing another scuzzy rock club.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“The whole thing about rock music, pop music, is it’s really for kids.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“Well, what I love about ’80s rock music is the amazing, fantastic melodies.”

― Julianne Hough

“Over time, I’ve loved jazz, Miles Davis and Chet Baker, then Janis and Jimi and Creedence, then classic rock.”

― Juliette Lewis

“We’ve played everywhere since I started The Licks. We’ve played arenas, clubs, school cafeterias and bowling alleys. It doesn’t matter where the venue is; we’re gonna bring you the rock!”

― Juliette Lewis

“If I could go back, I think I would be a rock star instead of an actor, man.”

― Justin Chon

“We really like L.A. because it really likes rock and roll.”

― Justin Tranter

“When I saw Courtney Love in 1994, I knew what I wanted to do. The minute I saw a female-fronted rock n’ roll band, that changed my life.”

― Justin Tranter

“My existence is rock n’ roll.”

― Justin Tranter

“I absolutely love ’30 Rock’ and ‘The Office,’ but I don’t know how many 13-year-olds are watching that stuff.”

― Justine Bateman

“My sound is, at its core, a mix of things. Definitely an imperfect mix, but one that incorporates elements of the music I love – a bit of indie rock, super rhythmic rapping, and lots of synths.”

― K. Flay

“I actually like to sing on ‘Rock Band.’ I prefer to take the mic.”

― Kaley Cuoco

“Man, I’m the No. 1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.”

― Kanye West

“Being on the road with rock, it’s pretty much 90 percent guys.”

― Karen O

“I’m like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

“I’m not afraid of heights. I rock climb. I can repel off the side of a building.”

― Kate Hudson

“In my next life, I’m going to be a rock star. I was a ballerina in my last life.”

― Kate Moss

“I would have wanted to be a rock star, a lead singer, if I wasn’t a model. I’d go touring in a bus with my band. In my next life, that’s the plan.”

― Kate Moss

“I want to be the first rock band on Mars.”

― Kate Pierson

“There’s this whole split personality thing of being a farm girl and a rock and roll girl.”

― Kate Pierson

“The first rock record I ever bought was ‘Great Balls of Fire.’ I was real little, and I went to Atlanta to get it.”

― Kate Pierson

“I wanted to be a rock star when I grew up, or at least a singer/songwriter.”

― Katey Sagal

“So you know, my plan was that I was going to make records, and be a rock star. And that’s really what I wanted to do. And I sang from the time I was very young.”

― Katey Sagal

“I’ve decided that I’m completely rock n’ roll.”

― Katherine Ryan

“Women’s bodies are meant to store fat so that we can do amazing things like have babies or rock a tight pair of jeans.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“The days of an open mic night when I’d rock up in an old jumper are over.”

― Katy B

“On ’30 Rock,’ the hours were really intense, and I was often on set. I’m glad I didn’t have a kid then because I don’t think I would have ever seen her. I would work 15-hour days, and weekends, too.”

― Kay Cannon

“I was a writer on ’30 Rock’ for six years.”

― Kay Cannon

“I loved all the people involved with ’30 Rock.’”

― Kay Cannon

“At heart I cannot accept that I am a well-known rock ‘n’ roll star and one of the greatest drummers in the world.”

― Keith Moon

“Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.”

― Keith Richards

“This is the rock ‘n’ roll life, and you had to invent it as you went along. There was no textbook to say how you operate this machinery.”

― Keith Richards

“Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.”

― Keith Richards

“By no means, I can’t sing any rock and roll.”

― Kelli O’Hara

“I hate the word gothic but I would like to try doing something like that. A gothic sound, not rock, but gothic. There’s a difference.”

― Kelly Osbourne

“To fill the shoes of rock ‘n’ roll, because of the family I have, is a really hard thing.”

― Kelly Osbourne

“Crime fiction is the new rock n’ roll.”

― Ken Bruen

“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.”

― Ken Burns

“I lived in an area where there were a lot of rock musicians, and we got together regularly in our studios.”

― Ken Hensley

“In the WWF, or the WWE as they call it now, the one thing that I was not able to capture was that heavyweight belt. I’m telling you, I want a chance to be able to go after that belt, but only if Brock Lesnar has it, or The Rock has it, or Kurt Angle has it.”

― Ken Shamrock

“We were in Little Rock. We were assessing a very important issue. In the midst of our discussions, we were receiving urgent inquiries from The Washington Post asking about interviews.”

― Ken Starr

“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.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“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.”

― Kenny Chesney

“I have rock ‘n’ roll pumping through my veins.”

― Kesha

“I do think I have a rebellious, metal-loving rock chick inside of me.”

― Kesha

“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.”

― Kevin Ayers

“If you play jazz, then you play with your fingers. If you’re playing rock, you use a pick. There’s really no rhyme or reason to that other than that’s just the way it has been.”

― Kevin Eubanks

“I learned from the guys before me – Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, just to name a few. These are guys that let it all hang out. What they lived is what they took to the stage.”

― Kevin Hart

“Chris Rock does the political thing really well, but that never worked for me.”

― Kevin Hart

“To me, rock and roll is like an ethos or a state of mind.”

― Kevin Parker

“When I was 14 or 15, I was dead-set on becoming a rock star – the same as anybody who picks up a guitar at that age.”

― Kevin Parker

“I play Rock ‘n’ Roll, that’s what I do.”

― Kid Rock

“I didn’t want to go out and change anything. I just wanted to make the music that was part of my background, which was rock and blues and hip-hop.”

― Kid Rock

“My take on rap is driven by straightforward American southern rock and blues.”

― Kid Rock

“Rock ‘n’ roll is much easier if you’re white.”

― Kid Rock

“Detroit: Cars and rock ‘n’ roll. Not a bad combo.”

― Kid Rock

“Chris Rock is a good friend of mine, and he is hysterical.”

― Kid Rock

“Bringing people together is one of my favorite things… I believed that’s what a rock ‘n’ roll Jesus would really do – bring people together through music.”

― Kid Rock

“The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. It kind of just needs to be cultivated a little bit.”

― Kid Rock

“The older I get, the more of an anarchist I become, and I don’t mean in a punk rock way.”

― Killer Mike

“I just think that playing bass, like punk rock bass with a pick, wasn’t meant to be done for 25 years.”

― Kim Gordon

“In rock music, people have certain assumptions that it makes people more enlightened, and it really doesn’t.”

― Kim Gordon

“I don’t have any desire to do something that sounds explicitly rock. Like, I don’t have a burning need to be a rock musician. I feel like I’ve taken that as far as I can take it, for me.”

― Kim Gordon

“I don’t have any rock star demeanor to me. I just can’t pull that off.”

― Kina Grannis

“I have faith in God and not that we have evolved from a rock, not from worshiping the environment or endangered bugs.”

― Kirk Cameron

“I like everything from hard-style techno to rock n’ roll.”

― Kodi Smit-McPhee

“I grew up around ’90s, 2000s R&B, which is my favorite. But I’m a rock star.”

― Kodie Shane

“My mom was in a punk rock band called The Trash Women, and they toured and all of that. She had me when she was 17.”

― Kreayshawn

“’Rock of Love’ with Bret Michaels was fun. He’s a lovable guy.”

― Kristen Schaal

“I like to think I have quite a few different styles – sometimes it’s a bit rock n’ roll, other times more girly and feminine.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“I never wanted to be an opera singer. I wanted to be an actress, maybe a rock singer.”

― Kristine Opolais

“I didn’t have any great talent. I didn’t want to become a rock star or an author.”

― Kumar Mangalam Birla

“I’m obsessed with ‘Game of Thrones.’ I love comedies – I really like ’30 Rock’ and ‘Modern Family.’”

― Kunal Nayyar

“If it’s illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!”

― Kurt Cobain

“I wanted to have the adoration of John Lennon but have the anonymity of Ringo Starr. I didn’t want to be a frontman. I just wanted to be back there and still be a rock and roll star at the same time.”

― Kurt Cobain

“Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.”

― Kurt Cobain

“I didn’t know how to deal with success. If there was a Rock Star 101, I would have liked to take it. It might have helped me.”

― Kurt Cobain

“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.”

― Kurt Cobain

“Pete Rock, CL Smooth, all this East Coast stuff – that’s kind of, like, the rappers I first admired. I wanna rap just like them because I just thought they were so hard. I thought their delivery was so crazy.”

― Kyle

“I’m a hundred percent a rock n’ roll guy.”

― Labrinth

“Too pop for punk, too ‘old school’ for the New Wave, Mumps were a ’70s era New York rock band, out of time.”

― Lance Loud

“Black Rock gives us all a chance to heal, to become ourselves.”

― Larry Harvey

“The big issue with rock stars becoming actors is that sometimes it’s not believable, and vice versa with actors becoming rock stars. Sometimes just doesn’t fit.”

― Larry Mullen, Jr.

“A lot of the music I listen to is indie rock. It’s not on the radio.”

― Laura Bell Bundy

“But, I swear, they’re turning Donna into Annie Hall this season. More ties. More suits. But they’re also keeping her really motivated, ya know? Like, wanting to be a rock journalist. Wanting to be the first woman president.”

― Laura Prepon

“The bands that we’ve found we have something in common with are bands like The National or Tegan And Sara, and I feel like that’s because all three of us come from more alternative rock backgrounds.”

― Lauren Mayberry

“I love rock and opera, and I love musical theater, and I don’t want to lose any of that.”

― Lauren Worsham

“If you like rock and roll, if you like rhythm and blues, if you like jazz, if you like hip-hop, you might be black-ish.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“Being with Al Gore on the red carpet in Cannes was exciting – he’s like a rock star unto himself!”

― Lawrence Bender

“I’ve done songs with legends like De La Soul with Pete Rock. I’ve done songs with B.O.B. I’ve done songs with Big Kit.”

― Lecrae

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.”

― Lee Iacocca

“We’re a rock band. We’re proud of it. We’re not an art band, a noise band, or an extreme band.”

― Lee Ranaldo

“As a rock fan, you read of the big labels and the multinationals and the big tours with road crews and semi-trailers full of gear, and playing stadiums. In the ’90s, that’s what we did.”

― Lee Ranaldo

“I was in the top 10 rock n’ roll artists – up there with Sid Vicious. I always had that edge.”

― Lee Ryan

“The Beatles are the classical music of rock n’ roll. And rock n’ roll is far more widespread than classical will ever be.”

― Lemmy

“Rock n’ roll’s had a good time out of me – and I’ve had a very good time out of rock n’ roll.”

― Lemmy

“I’m kind of the Forrest Gump of rock n’ roll.”

― Leon Russell

“Actually, I didn’t listen to country music very much in Oklahoma. I listened to blues and rock n’ roll.”

― Leon Russell

“Or like in the early 70’s when we had the reaction against acid rock and all the fuzz tone, and feedback, and the noise. And you had James Taylor and everyone went acoustic and that.”

― Lester Bangs

“I have a couple of basses in my office. And I try to be courteous of my co-workers, but sometimes I get carried away and I crank up my amp and I rock out. It’s kind of my stress reliever.”

― Lester Holt

“Nobody wants to listen to rock and roll anymore.”

― Levi Dylan

“I do rock climbing and tennis.”

― Levi Miller

“The rock star stuff never came up for us. The Band was never attacked by groupies before, during or after any show that we ever played.”

― Levon Helm

“Rock and roll was a revelation for me.”

― Li Lu

“When you live in Brooklyn, if you throw a rock, you’ll hit a writer – Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Lethem, Paul Auster.”

― Libba Bray

“I grew up listening to a lot of emo music, a lot of rock music, a lot of rap music, a lot of trap music, funk, everything.”

― Lil Peep

“I just take rock songs and mix it with hip-hop and a little bit of R&B.”

― Lil Uzi Vert

“One thing rap and rock have in common, a lot of it is focused on negativity. I like dark stuff.”

― Lil Uzi Vert

“In my elementary days, I took a liking to rock & roll music. I dabbed into Marilyn Manson, which became my favorite.”

― Lil Uzi Vert

“Being a rock star was out of the question. I can’t sing.”

― Linda Evangelista

“Rock & roll doesn’t belong on a grid. It belongs on a pulse – a natural pulse.”

― Linda Perry

“I don’t want to be a rock star. I had my 15 minutes of fame.”

― Linda Perry

“Country is bringing in a little rock element… a little ’80s element. Melody is king now. But its just in the music, its not so much in the songwriting, which is still very basic to the storytelling aspect of it.”

― Lionel Richie

“It’s better for me to play with guys because Rock ‘n’ Roll has such an aggressive attitude.”

― Lita Ford

“But I’m a rock ‘n’ roll singer; that’s my livelihood, my occupation.”

― Little Richard

“God gives us the ability, but rock ‘n’ roll was created by men.”

― Little Richard

“Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that’s not what I call rock.”

― Little Richard

“To me, true rock ‘n’ roll has a lot of bottom in it.”

― Little Richard

“I think my legacy should be that when I started in show business, there wasn’t no such thing as rock n’ roll. When I started with ‘Tutti Frutti,’ that’s when rock really started rocking.”

― Little Richard

“I am the architect of rock n’ roll. I have to be a fan of all its forms.”

― Little Richard

“It was a source of shame for my family that I was in rock and roll, which is so blue-collar. It just isn’t done. And I felt it, too.”

― Liz Phair

“I’m working on a proper rock record, a good, old-school rock record. Finally.”

― Liz Phair

“When I was 19, I joined a rock band, and that’s when I began to say, ‘Okay, this is something that I could take seriously.’ When I came to Minneapolis, it just refined everything.”

― Lizzo

“I was raised on gospel. I remember hip-hop and rock music were secular, so basically, for my first ten years living in Detroit, I was on gospel. But when I moved to Houston, that’s when I got to open up my musical horizons.”

― Lizzo

“Obviously I’ve had this fascination with aristocracy my whole life. Like, the kings and queens of 500 years ago… they’re like rock stars. If there was a ‘TMZ’ 500 years ago, it would be about, like, Henry VIII and Marie Antoinette and all those people.”

― Lorde

“NYC is a wonderland full of passionate music fans. Once I got over being intimidated by rock critics and finicky hipsters, I realized that NYC was a great place to play.”

― Lou Barlow

“Just from the beginning, I really liked playing around with tape recorders. And then, when I got into punk rock, I only really liked – the rawer it was, the more I was into it.”

― Lou Barlow

“The Music Machine is my favorite rock band ever.”

― Lou Barlow

“I don’t like the word rock opera, but I’m trying to write on that level that’s reserved for plays still, or novels.”

― Lou Reed

“I wasn’t in a lot of rock and roll bands. I was in jug bands and things when I was in school.”

― Loudon Wainwright III

“With her high pale brow under her faded brown hair, she was like a rock washed clean by years of her husband’s absences at conventions, dinners, committee meetings or simply at the office.”

― Louis Auchincloss

“All my life, my heart has felt closer to rock n’ roll.”

― Ludovico Einaudi

“I grew up partially with classical music but listened to a lot of rock when I was young – I like acoustic, and folk from Mali and Armenia and Turkey.”

― Ludovico Einaudi

“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.”

― Luis Miguel

“People don’t think of cello as a rock instrument, really, and we want people to know all the possibilities that the cello can offer.”

― Luka Sulic

“I wouldn’t say being in a film with The Rock was ‘motivating.’ ‘Terrifying’ would be a more accurate description.”

― Luke Evans

“For me, it’s more about keeping it simple with a rock and roll edge. It’s all about accessorising.”

― Lulu

“I don’t really get the same kinda romance that I would get from, like, jazz. And even to a lesser extent to rock ‘n roll. Rock ‘n roll has a romance to it – how can I put it? A very vulgar romance, but still a romance; whereas hip hop has more facade.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“I didn’t go out shooting for anybody in particular because I shot for everybody unparticular. I make records for Muslims, Christians, rock ‘n roll kids, skateboard kids.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“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

“And I can do the rock clubs if I have to.”

― Luther Allison

“I think there’s this primal need to go to a show when you’re a rock fan. And it’s about that camaraderie and about that intangible feeling that we all get.”

― Lzzy Hale

“It’d be great to have more categories in the rock and metal category – but I don’t want that job, picking where everybody is supposed to go.”

― Lzzy Hale

“There is something in my brain that said if I get Halestorm to a point where people are actually listening to what I have to say, I might as well put out positivity and be that empowering figure that I would have wanted in a rock star.”

― Lzzy Hale

“I can count on less than five fingers the things I can do well, so I’m just going to stick to those. It’s crazy; it’s literally all I’ve ever wanted to do in life is sing and play and get out there and rock.”

― Lzzy Hale

“I think that’s a big part of what I love about the boys in the band, too, and what I find attractive in men in general is, really, the ability to not take everything so seriously because it is rock n’ roll after all; it’s a freakin’ circus. We’re not accountants here.”

― Lzzy Hale

“Not to get mushy, but I realized after talking to my parents what absolute guts they must have had to let their teenage daughter be in a rock band, play in bars, do all of that.”

― Lzzy Hale

“It’s not like I have this philosophical answer as to why I love rock.”

― Lzzy Hale

“We live in the realm where all the metalheads and rock fans know us, but we’re not giants like Linkin Park or Black Sabbath.”

― M. Shadows

“I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd, the Doors, Elton John, Sabbath, Metallica, GN’R, Megadeth – just classic rock, classic metal stuff.”

― M. Shadows

“I wanna write a classic metal record, a classic rock record, in 2013.”

― M. Shadows

“Metal needs to be exposed to more people, so it’s good for rock if there’s bigger bands.”

― M. Shadows

“Being a rock star rocks.”

― Machine Gun Kelly

“You don’t have to be a rock star – if you don’t like the situation you’re in, you don’t have to settle for it.”

― Macy Gray

“I got the craziest crash course in rock n’ roll that I could have ever dreamed of.”

― Maggie Rogers

“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.”

― Malcolm Mclaren

“The Americans are more honest about it and just call it college rock.”

― Malcolm Wilson

“There’s very few rock & roll bands. There’s rock bands, there’s sort of metal bands, there’s whatever, but there’s no rock & roll bands – there’s the Stones and us.”

― Malcolm Young

“I was more of a melodic player. Angus was more into the rock world. Straightaway, I said this is how we should do it. It was never a brotherly squabble but the opposite, because we just wanted to do good as a band.”

― Malcolm Young

“My iPod will shuffle from rap to pop to rock to classical … It gets confusing!”

― Manika

“I don’t want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I’m suspicious.”

― Manuel Puig

“All rock musicians are deaf… Or insensitive to mellow sounds.”

― Marc Bolan

“I feel there is a curse on rock stars.”

― Marc Bolan

“I was born in ’76, but I didn’t get into rock until the early ’90s when the grunge stuff started coming out.”

― Marc Martel

“Rock and roll reaches people because it’s honest and doesn’t shy away from the issues.”

― Marc Martel

“It’s a terrible thing to go through life thinking that you have a rock on your side when you haven’t.”

― Maria Callas

“I’m not one of those spoiled rock stars who complains about how tedious it is to perform my old hits.”

― Maria Muldaur

“I’m fascinated by the narrative of geology, and I’m a veritable pack rat of a collector on the road. I keep a rock hammer in my car.”

― Marianne Wiggins

“There’s just no great rock albums anymore. There’s a lot of rock music out there, but it’s very bland and disposable.”

― Marilyn Manson

“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.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I really want to be a rock star.”

― Mario Batali

“Moms rock!”

― Marisol Nichols

“The Rock moved in with me at my apartment, and we trained together after that.”

― Mark Henry

“I’ve learned some of the greatest life lessons from growing up in the skate and punk rock communities.”

― Mark Hoppus

“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.”

― Martin Freeman

“I lead two totally separate lives. There are times when I have to slip into rock star mode.”

― Martin Gore

“More than accepted, it’s encouraged for rock stars to be out of control.”

― Martin Gore

“Spacewalking is a little like rock climbing in that everything, including and especially oneself, must be tethered or docked at all times. If you forget to tether a tool, it’s gone. Ditto yourself.”

― Mary Roach

“I’m starting to feel like so much of rock music is derivative and boring.”

― Mary Timony

“The world that I come from is the world of raves, hip-hop clubs, and rock and roll.”

― Matisyahu

“Bands in the Nineties seem to forget the entertainment aspect of rock music.”

― Matt Bellamy

“As soon as you pick up a guitar, you’re up against the legends of rock. The same goes with stadium drum kits and electric bass. Essentially, you’re already in a soundscape that’s very familiar and has a lot of established legendary material recorded using those instruments.”

― Matt Bellamy

“As a rock band, you’re slightly one foot in the past, playing instruments like guitar, bass and drums.”

― Matt Bellamy

“The one thing that’s depressing as a comedian to realize is that rock stars get groupies, and comedians don’t.”

― Matt Besser

“I love classical music. Yes, I was in a conservatory when I was younger and played guitar and all that stuff, so I also love rock.”

― Matt Schulze

“My attraction to the Church of Satan… is the same thing that initially attracted me to punk rock. It was something that wasn’t very entirely popular, and it was sort of like the adversary to mainstream culture and beliefs.”

― Matt Skiba

“Rock n’ roll is the Devil’s music.”

― Matt Skiba

“As a kid, I took piano lessons, and I didn’t like it. It wasn’t cool. I was into Duran Duran and rock music. I didn’t have any interest in piano. I did it for three years, and because of piano, I learned percussion. I learned scales. I learned how to sing. Piano gives you all of the basics of those things.”

― Matt Skiba

“When George W. Bush was up for re-election, we took part in Rock Against Bush.”

― Matt Skiba

“I was always a punk rock skate kid from a very young age.”

― Matt Skiba

“I love working with my band-mates in Alkaline Trio, but to make a rock record that was just mine was something that I wanted to do.”

― Matt Skiba

“Actors, movie stars, rock stars, I can meet them with no worries – but with footballers I go weak at the knees. All of them.”

― Matt Smith

“Honestly, with pop and rock and things, artists are from all over the place, so they’re kind of isolated. The city of Nashville helps create the camaraderie. Everyone moves there for the same reason.”

― Matthew Ramsey

“We’re just one rock surrounded by this immense universe.”

― Matthew Stewart

“I can’t just turn over and sing disco or rock.”

― Mavis Staples

“I didn’t appreciate Mick Jagger until I got older, and mainly because of the Mick Jagger swagger. He defined that for the world. He was bold and adventurous with it, too – just the ultimate rock star.”

― Mayer Hawthorne

“I like Chris Rock. He’s dangerous.”

― Mel Brooks

“So, there’s only so much you can do with a rock video.”

― Melissa Auf der Maur

“I love big budgeted, epic rock landscapes. That’s what turns me on.”

― Melissa Auf der Maur

“I’ve been a rock star since you were very young. But I’ve never encountered anything as powerful as cancer.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“My friends have always told me that rock stardom was wasted on me.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“Definitely dub is in my body forever. I think I hear everything through a dub filter. Even when I play rock music, I play through a dub filter.”

― Meshell Ndegeocello

“People like Tay Don, Don Cannon, and OJ Da Juiceman – those were the core people that I rock with. And I still rock with them.”

― Metro Boomin

“The song ‘Bite the Thong’ in particular, with Damon Albarn, really encapsulates the whole dilemma of, ‘Hmm, should I stay on the underground when everybody else is selling out?’ Nowadays, you can just do it – have your name-brand clothes, do songs with rock n’ rollers – and it’s not considered selling out.”

― MF Doom

“Bon Jovi’s trick is to use heavy-metal chords and still sound absolutely safe. Rock & roll used to be rebellion disguised as commercialism; now so much of it is commercialism disguised as rebellion.”

― Michael Azerrad

“My whole life, I’ve always had one foot in the classical world and one foot in the rock, pop, and folk world.”

― Michael Bacon

“When pop and rock were taking over from jazz, and Sinatra was covering a Beatles song, it was all very new. I get to come at it from a different direction.”

― Michael Buble

“I think ‘Spider-man’ is a pop culture rock show that was meant to be in arenas.”

― Michael Cohl

“I tell people my only successful long-term relationship was with Jim Packard. He was my rock. I didn’t realize how codependent I was.”

― Michael Feldman

“I came up playing in both punk rock bands and hip-hop bands, and I found a more universal way of reaching people, especially with music that has a message to it.”

― Michael Franti

“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.”

― Michael Giles

“I’m not really into the rock n’ roll lifestyle; I’m a music geek!”

― Michael Kiwanuka

“I’ve never supported this concept of going after Napster. I think the rock bands who fought this were wrong.”

― Michael Moore

“Even rock stars are entitled to privacy.”

― Michael Novak

“I knew if I waited long enough, the Republican Party would rock.”

― Michael Reagan

“There are three things on my piano – my Best Villainess award, my Grammy, and my Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame statue.”

― Michelle Phillips

“I was really into punk rock but also into musical theater.”

― Michelle Visage

“I get asked a lot about the Rock N’ Sock Connection.”

― Mick Foley

“I’m ready for some rock ‘n’ roll action.”

― Mick Ralphs

“I’d photographed musicians before but this was different. Syd was very charismatic, and he had the aura of a poete maudit, which made him the perfect subject for me – I realised that rock n’ rollers were the modern equivalent of all the poets I was so enamoured with.”

― Mick Rock

“With my second album, eOne Music really wanted me to rock it up a little bit.”

― Mickie James

“I do have little trinkets. I’m a little bit of a hippie, so I have my wisdom rock – it goes with me; it’s always in my purse, wherever I go. That’s just me, being a hippie.”

― Mickie James

“A lot of people forget that R&B put hip-hop on, R&B put rock on.”

― Miguel

“Thinking about the cold weather in England… Don’t be afraid to rock the David Niven look.”

― Mike D

“What was interesting about grunge was that it was this death sentence to the rock that had preceded it, which was hair metal.”

― Mike D

“I’m the first to admit that we were totally dependent on a particular place and time… for us, seeing Minor Threat at the CBGB hardcore matinee was just as necessary a force in our lives as the Treacherous Three at Club Negril or the Funky Four + One More at the Rock Lounge.”

― Mike D

“I think between The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and innumerable acts after that… rock music became a huge economic force.”

― Mike Love

“It’s definitely an influence, I mean how can you not say you are influenced to play rock.”

― Mike Lowry

“We have an electronic vein we have tapped and applied it to a rock setting like tons of bands out there.”

― Mike Lowry

“There’s Eddie’s conviction and his lyrics and his ideals, and he can just rock straight out. His vocals are incredible. And we all are really competent musicians.”

― Mike McCready

“The older I get, the more I surf and do more stretches to get ready for the rock show.”

― Mike McCready

“I’ll hear us on classic rock radio stations, and I’ll go, ‘Oh, my God, we’re getting old!’”

― Mike McCready

“I think I bought into that whole rock n’ roll lifestyle, and all that does in the end is kill ya. So I don’t recommend it to anyone.”

― Mike McCready

“In the best of all possible worlds, everybody would be honorable, but that’s not the way the world works. Reputations for reporters are made by discovering things underneath that rock.”

― Mike Wallace

“I think punk rock, especially for me, was a big middle finger to this whole talent thing.”

― Mike Watt

“I grew up in a religious family, and we weren’t allowed to listen to rock music.”

― Mike White

“You’d be surprised. Drummers ape each other. The way every rock n’ roll record sounds like something else but not all together. Everything other drummers play, if you’re playing drums, they all hear.”

― Miles Davis

“I kind of live under a rock, to be honest. I very much stay in my little film world.”

― Mischa Barton

“I’m always into rock n’ roll and indie rock.”

― Mischa Barton

“The reason kids like rock ‘n roll is their parents don’t.”

― Mitch Miller

“When I was nine years old, I started playing guitar, and I took classical guitar lessons and studied music theory. And played jazz for a while. And then when I was around fourteen years old, I discovered punk rock. And so I then tried to unlearn everything I had learned in classical music and jazz so I could play in punk rock bands.”

― Moby

“I like to go rock scrambling.”

― Moira Kelly

“I like African music but also R&B, rap, alternative rock, and classic.”

― Mousa Dembele

“Everything I ever learned about rock, I learned from Led Zeppelin.”

― Myles Kennedy

“One of the signature things about Heart was the acoustic guitar in a rock format, which you didn’t hear that often.”

― Nancy Wilson

“We came from an era when women normally did not rock.”

― Nancy Wilson

“We’re not just ‘ladies in rock.’ We’re weird people!”

― Nancy Wilson

“I like playing. Guitar… on a loud rock stage… with colored lights. Everything sounds better with colored lights!”

― Nancy Wilson

“If you’re in a rock band, you’re never too tame.”

― Nancy Wilson

“’Barracuda’ is very fun to play because it’s like a galloping steed of a rock song.”

― Nancy Wilson

“There were not very many girls in rock n’ roll together with men that had a heavy rock sound as well as a more acoustic sound like Heart.”

― Nancy Wilson

“The Seattle explosion was what saved rock from becoming too pompous! A great moment in music!”

― Nancy Wilson

“I’ve always been a little bit in the background as a singer and even as an acoustic-guitar player, although I crank it up and rock with my Marshall stacks, too.”

― Nancy Wilson

“The stuff that is done on Broadway is hardly theatre. It is part magic show, part rock concert, and part conjuring things.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“I was madly in love with Elvis Presley. Dad wasn’t into it at all, at least not for himself as a performer. He used to say, ‘Mr. Cole does not rock n’ roll.’”

― Natalie Cole

“By the time I approached my forties, I had the self-assurance to approach all the genres I love so deeply: R & B, rock, jazz, and pop.”

― Natalie Cole

“Roadrunner wanted to make Born in the Flood the next Nickelback, but I didn’t want to be that. I didn’t want to be a huge rock star playing songs I didn’t like. I didn’t want to be stuck playing ‘Anthem,’ the song everybody liked but I didn’t want to put on the record, for the next five years.”

― Nathaniel Rateliff

“World Play is very ’70s arena rock, very raw and in your face, and that’s what we wanted. We recorded it in a very off-the-cuff manner and didn’t really plan out how we were going to play. My solos are first takes.”

― Neal Schon

“If you call yourself a singer, then you must have the ability to sing anything, whether it’s pop, classical, rock, sufi, or folk.”

― Neha Kakkar

“Rock and roll stars have it much better than writers when they’re on a tour.”

― Neil Gaiman

“I didn’t want to be a rock and roller. I wanted to be a Bobby Darin because he was the epitome of the performer, the sophisticated.”

― Neil Sedaka

“My songs lie somewhere in between the evergreen standards, rock n’ roll and pop.”

― Neil Sedaka

“I’ve seen rock stars agonize over the fact that another artist has far more Facebook ‘likes’ and Twitter followers than they do.”

― Neil Strauss

“I feel like rock stars feel a sense of entitlement, whereas I just feel a sense of good fortune.”

― Neil Strauss

“When we did concerts, we wanted them to be theatrical events – collaborations with designers, choreographers, and directors – because we thought traditional rock concerts were boring.”

― Neil Tennant

“For a while we were chasing a book by Graham Greene to do Brighton Rock as a musical. We didn’t get the rights, so we decided to create something from scratch, with Jonathan. By that time we were big fans of his work.”

― Neil Tennant

“Rock and roll is here to stay.”

― Neil Young

“There’s an edge to real rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all that matters.”

― Neil Young

“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 ’70s sounds nothing like the stuff from the ’80s, and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the ’90s. Who’s to say what is and isn’t a certain type of music?”

― Neil Young

“The cutthroat avenues of rock ‘n’ roll, I am fed up with. I don’t want anything to do with it.”

― Neil Young

“Give me a rock, and I will roll it.”

― Nell Scovell

“I’m an old rock and roll buff. I love Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.”

― Nick Carter

“The rock star is dying. And it’s a small tragedy. Rock stars have blogs now. I have no use for that kind of rock star.”

― Nick Cave

“A rock musician’s career is short-lived. To extend it, you need to do other things to keep yourself fresh.”

― Nick Cave

“The songs that I like are the ones that you can’t visualize, that are just cries from the heart – those very straight, direct songs that make rock & roll music so wonderful.”

― Nick Cave

“When you’re talking about rock n’ roll, myth-making is what it’s all about.”

― Nick Cave

“When punk rock came along, the one thing you were not supposed to be was musical.”

― Nick Lowe

“These days, rock ‘n’ roll is much more about rock than about roll. I don’t do rock. But I’m interested in that roll part, because that’s the funny little bit that makes it hip.”

― Nick Lowe

“I wanted to make an image for myself as an outlaw type. A kind of rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.”

― Nicolas Cage

“But my everyday music is classic rock. It’s what I relate to the most and where my heart is.”

― Nicole Richie

“If I had more confidence, I would rock a crop top.”

― Nikki Reed

“Rock n’ roll is dirty, and it’s bad, and it’s either clever or it’s not clever.”

― Nikki Sixx

“I think – I honestly think that my story is not 100 percent that unique. I think that I’m – just the whole rock star part kind of throws an interesting twist on it.”

― Nikki Sixx

“How can you have a rock n’ roll circus without a midget?”

― Nikki Sixx

“Celebrities, movie stars and rock stars are losing their mystique.”

― Nikki Sixx

“I am like the little rock n’ roll backseat driver.”

― Nina Blackwood

“We put all these things together into a tangible product that is The Rock N’ Roll Mystery Tour.”

― Nina Blackwood

“There’s not too many one-producer rap albums. There are lot of one-producer rock albums… and country albums.”

― No I.D.

“My son ain’t going to be miserable because he’s going to be the child of a rock star, the end.”

― Noel Gallagher

“The record companies are interested in the kind of sales they can get from the rock groups.”

― Norman Granz

“I’m a rock star among geeks, wonks, and nerds.”

― Nouriel Roubini

“There is nothing wrong about being a rock n’ roll guitar player.”

― Nuno Bettencourt

“Rihanna is so into rock, and she gives me an empty canvas to work with. I get to do wild solos and crunch up the rhythms. It’s rock, it’s R&B, it’s hip-hop, it’s funky – all totally up my alley.”

― Nuno Bettencourt

“It was pretty insane to play the Grammy Awards and looking out in the audience and seeing rock royalty – Bono and Paul McCartney. It was crazy.”

― Orianthi

“Wanting to be a rock star, I get it. I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, dude! The freedom!’”

― Orlando Bloom

“I started playing guitar at, like, 12 or 13 and just rock bands mostly. I had a punk rock band and hard core bands and all that.”

― Oscar Isaac

“I do like alternative rock and rap, but as far as inspirational, then I go full-on orchestra. It fills up your entire being.”

― Osric Chau

“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?”

― Ozzy Osbourne

“Rock music is not meant to be perfect.”

― Ozzy Osbourne

“You can’t force something like that. But we have encouraged our audience, because we avoid the confrontation of regular rock concerts: us up here, you down there. Instead, we’re looking for interaction.”

― Page McConnell

“I was at rock bottom for a year and a half – and the people who got me out of my rut were my fans.”

― Paige

“I am a huge wrestling fan. I would say The Rock is my favorite person to watch for obvious reasons.”

― Paige VanZant

“Rock n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.”

― Patrick Carney

“I used to sock hop to ‘Crocodile Rock’ and stare at those platform boots on the album cover.”

― Patrick Cox

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

― Patti LuPone

“I think that Stevie Nicks is one of the greats. Steve Nicks and Grace Slick and Janis Joplin have the real rock voices, to me.”

― Patti LuPone

“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.”

― Patti Smith

“Rock n’ roll is dream soup, what’s your brand?”

― Patti Smith

“When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock ‘n’ roll was asleep.”

― Patti Smith

“My mom loved rock ‘n roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around.”

― Patti Smith

“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.”

― Patti Smith

“I don’t believe people playing rock n’ roll should have crowns. We’re not kings and queens. Anybody can play it.”

― Patti Smith

“I loved being a rock and roll star, but it wasn’t what I wanted in life.”

― Patti Smith

“In the ’60s, I used to love rock magazines; I’d cut out pictures of Bob Dylan and John Lennon.”

― Patti Smith

“I loved everything that went with rock n’ roll. I loved being at the heart of such creativity and being young in such a stimulating and exciting era.”

― Pattie Boyd

“I’ve been influenced by a lot of films. And a lot of them are the typical interesting, artsy films. But I haven’t talked enough about how there are those few big blockbusters that really rock your world.”

― Patty Jenkins

“It took a while for me to figure out how it all fit in, being a mother and being a woman and being a rock singer.”

― Patty Smyth

“Compared to what they were, rock concerts now are like business meetings.”

― Paul Kantner

“I don’t shape trends, I’d say. I merely reflect them. I think the emphasis is on ‘them.’ I like variety in poetry. I love how it comes in so many guises. As rock lyric, as rap, as note on a fridge.”

― Paul Muldoon

“I liked playing Morph in Mash and Peas and doing Phil Daniels in the Blur Rock Profile was a giggle too.”

― Paul Putner

“One doesn’t have to sit through exams and go to universities to play rock n’ roll.”

― Paul Rodgers

“Of course I was a fan when I was a kid. That’s what made me get into it, the whole rock n’ roll fantasy.”

― Paul Rodgers

“When rock & roll is done with that fervor, it’s close to gospel.”

― Paul Stanley

“The fact that you can’t base a coffeehouse on any other rock band is the other rock bands’ problem, not mine.”

― Paul Stanley

“There are probably more annoying things than being hectored about African development by a wealthy Irish rock star in a cowboy hat, but I can’t think of one at the moment.”

― Paul Theroux

“I’m not dissatisfied with my place in it rock ‘n’ roll.”

― Paul Westerberg

“I’m hard-pressed to think of a lot of great rock movies.”

― Paul Westerberg

“My sister’s journal was the romantic one with boys, and mine was talking about my rock tumbler. We were so different and so similar.”

― Paula Pell

“I love punk rock, but I also love metal.”

― Penelope Spheeris

“AC/DC ‘Back in Black’ – Those were my punk rock days.”

― Pepa

“I write contemporary rock with Jane’s. And I also write house music with people like Kascade.”

― Perry Farrell

“What would rock and roll be without ambition, craziness, danger, and fun?”

― Pete Wentz

“What I love about being a member of KISS is that we’re the ‘John Glenns’ of rock – we always have to be the first in anything we do, and I love that.”

― Peter Criss

“I play a lot of hard, uncompromising dance music; it can be anything from dance to rock to reggae.”

― Peter Hook

“Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world.”

― Peter York

“I went from being a kid-kid, listen to everything from The Beatles through Kiss, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull classic rock, classic stuff into immediately, it seemed like, Iron Maiden and stuff like that. The first Iron Maiden record and then, obviously, the first Metallica record.”

― Phil Anselmo

“Another time, we had three days off in Australia, so we went out of our way to fly to Ayres Rock.”

― Phil Collins

“I was proud of the waves I had made, but wondered how many boats I was supposed to rock.”

― Phil Donahue

“The reason I was drawn to the Band Perry was because they have a knack for doing rollicking country music that can sound a little rock and a little pop.”

― Phoebe Robinson

“I’m not a folk or jazz singer, more a hard-edged pop singer – with some rock, and song hooks.”

― Phoebe Snow

“I was extreme… from skateboarder to hip-hopper to rave child to lead singer of a rock band – I did it all, and all at the same time.”

― Pink

“Back then, everyone was Lana and Rock. No one had ethnic names.”

― Piper Laurie

“I like to wear girlie things, but only if I can rock them up with biker boots or a jacket.”

― Pixie Lott

“Goth is dead, punk is dead, and rock n’ roll is dead. Trends are dead. Nothing exists anymore because the world is spinning faster than any trend.”

― Poppy

“If you like something, rock it. If you want to rock a cape every day, go for it.”

― Post Malone

“Everyone has a rock bottom.”

― Prince

“The best part of working on ‘Baywatch’ is to be the villain of the movie. I don’t think The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, has ever had anyone who’s been mean to him.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“I’m a big fan of Kurt Cobain. I put a picture of him holding a gun on my Instagram for his birthday. He’s definitely one of my favorite rock artists.”

― Prodigy

“I used to get butterflies. Now we’re always ready to hit the stage and rock out.”

― Quavo

“My dream job is to be a rock drummer and the alternate drummer for the Foo Fighters.”

― Rachael Ray

“I love going to my supermarket. Sounds so rock ‘n’ roll, eh?”

― Rachel Stevens

“I’m not so rock and roll. I’m more techno.”

― Raf Simons

“In every decade rock and roll starts to get very serious and navel gazing and kind of self serious and every once and a while it kind of needs a kick in the pants.”

― Rainn Wilson

“Rock ‘n’ roll is like a circus today.”

― Ray Manzarek

“When I’m not filming, I do rock n’ roll; when I’m not doing rock n’ roll, I do filming.”

― Rhys Ifans

“If I’d been a rock star, I’d probably now be dead.”

― Rhys Ifans

“There’s two kinds of rock n’ roll casualty: the one that has huge success and adoration, and then suddenly it stops. Or there’s when you’re in a band: it is all-consuming, so then you have the dream of that, and then the dream’s taken away from you even before it happens.”

― Rhys Ifans

“I play really bad punk rock guitar.”

― Rhys Ifans

“The guy who could be me, but he knows when to draw the line, is John Cena. John Cena can rock ‘n’ roll, let me tell you.”

― Ric Flair

“Rock n’ roll is like a religion.”

― Richard Ashcroft

“The music industry wants safe rock stars, people who are totally homogenised.”

― Richard Ashcroft

“’The Bradshaws’ is the appropriately inappropriate English title given to an enigma – some hundreds of thousands of mysterious rock art paintings scattered through the wilds of the Kimberley, an area larger than Germany in the remote, scarcely populated northwest of Australia.”

― Richard Flanagan

“When we started Poco, we were too country for rock, and we were too rock for country.”

― Richie Furay

“Rock and roll is a contact sport. I enjoy playing the tunes that really get the people going.”

― Richie Sambora

“I started out as a drummer, and now play with a back-to-basics rock band called the ‘Luddites.’ I’m happiest when I’m behind the kit.”

― Rick Astley

“I was almost kind of trapped by my own success into only doing rock.”

― Rick Derringer

“You can’t have rock and roll without drugs, you can’t have rock and roll without sex.”

― Rick James

“I don’t limit my taste. There’s some jazz that I like and there’s some opera. I’ve been listening to what was essentially country music, but it crossed over to rock.”

― Rick Moranis

“I don’t know any American rock bands.”

― Rick Nielsen

“It’s an honor that people give a crap about us. We’re in a rock band; we’re not supposed to be treated with any respect.”

― Rick Nielsen

“I don’t like the term ‘rock star.’”

― Rick Nielsen

“We’re basically a rock band – guitar, bass, drums and vocals. But we take it further than that. We can be rotten, dirty, and heavy as anyone, but at the same time, we’ve got a lot of melody.”

― Rick Nielsen

“Capital Cities – the rock group – I’m a huge fan of theirs.”

― Rick Ross

“DJ Khaled most definitely knows how to rock a party.”

― Rick Ross

“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

“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.”

― Rick Rubin

“It’s a rock ‘n’ roll thing to have one-night stands.”

― Rick Springfield

“But I’d play on everything from pop records to a lot of the glam stuff to rock stuff to classical stuff. I used to get called to do all those things, it was great.”

― Rick Wakeman

“Liszt was a bit of a rock and roller at heart, but he was a bit of a puritan on his sounds.”

― Rick Wakeman

“I don’t want to use my platform to speak out against anybody. I’m a rock and roller. I play music for a living.”

― Rickey Medlocke

“I think what the public knows as ‘Southern rock’ will never be repeated.”

― Rickey Medlocke

“It’s exciting and refreshing to listen to new rock. And I like a lot of it – Filter, Vertical Horizon, Stabbing Westward… I even enjoy some Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock.”

― Rickey Medlocke

“We looked at the Allman Brothers as the fathers of what was to be called Southern rock. In our book, if you didn’t like the Allman Brothers, you were sacrilegious.”

― Rickey Medlocke

“Australia is so entrenched in rock n’roll and bands, and that’s just the way Australia is.”

― Ricki-Lee Coulter

“I grew up playing in rock bands while I was listening to rap records. I like a lot of stuff.”

― Ricky Reed

“My music has evolved to reflect that multigendered, multiracial, multigenre music. Whether I realized it before or not, I’m most influenced by that rock and soul hybrid.”

― Ricky Reed

“Why still be pretty and all that when there’s so many girly female rappers already? You can be a rock star instead.”

― Rico Nasty

“I’ve always played every amp I’ve ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that’s how you get your sustain.”

― Ritchie Blackmore

“Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band – we wanted to play rock and roll only.”

― Ritchie Blackmore

“When I was 15 and dreaming about being a rock star… I thought the whole point of it was to get chicks.”

― Rivers Cuomo

“Rock guitar has been around for decades now, and there are so many strong traditions, and so much of it is just burned into my fingers. So, nine times out of 10, when I pick up the guitar to jam something, it sounds pretty cliche.”

― Rivers Cuomo

“I didn’t get as much attention as I wanted from girls as a teenager. I thought that if I became a rock star, I would finally get all that I wanted – but it didn’t happen.”

― Rivers Cuomo

“I’ve often talked about metal being the underdog in rock n’ roll music.”

― Rob Halford

“The thing about rock & roll, and the black leather biker jacket – it automatically creates an idea about what that person might be about, about their musical taste or their attitude.”

― Rob Halford

“Anyone watching ’30 Rock’ always knew Tina Fey was playing a fictionalized version of herself, a workaholic comedy writer who also plays one on TV. She’s the boss; Liz Lemon just works here.”

― Rob Sheffield

“Thanks for existing, R.E.M. It’s hard to overstate how much these guys changed everything, creating an entire rock audience in their own image.”

― Rob Sheffield

“One of the best moments of any Liars show is hearing the crowd squawk ‘We’re doomed! We’re doomed!’ on cue during ‘We Fenced Other Houses with the Bones of Our Own.’ Maybe not the most uplifting audience sing-along in the indie rock world, but one of the most reliably entertaining.”

― Rob Sheffield

“By the time I was 13, I was the only one in London, Ontario, who knew how to play rock n’ roll.”

― Robbie Robertson

“It would be great to see somebody like Kid Rock kissing a man. But I’m sure that he wouldn’t like the prospect of it put to him, and I won’t even go there with Eminem.”

― Robbie Williams

“I did the rock ‘n roll-pop cliche of getting burnt out. I’m not the first person that happened to, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”

― Robbie Williams

“To many, Courtney Love smells like rock hype. Reviewers may be excited about her, but the rock audience may be skeptical of the credentials of someone who is more famous for her interviews and her spouse than for her music.”

― Robert Hilburn

“Without people like Dylan and the Beatles and people like Paul Simon, I think rock n’ roll would have died out like Dixieland jazz.”

― Robert Hilburn

“Thanks to the arrival of such spirited and purposeful groups as X, the Blasters, R.E.M., and the Replacements, American rock has made a spectacular comeback.”

― Robert Hilburn

“I think there’s a lot of writers who took rock music more seriously: Greil Marcus, Jon Landau.”

― Robert Hilburn

“When the Eagles were starting out in the early ’70s, it would have been hard to imagine anyone in the fledgling, country-accented rock group someday seriously challenging the artistic punch of Neil Young or Joni Mitchell.”

― Robert Hilburn

“When we did ‘The Dragons’ Trilogy,’ China was a big, mysterious piece of rock that we never thought would even move. It was impenetrable, impossible to deal with.”

― Robert Lepage

“I am an amateur mountain climber. Once or twice a year I go off to Chamonix in the French Alps, under Mont Blanc, and with a guide do treks that include rock climbing at high altitude.”

― Robert Littell

“The most offensive thing that ever occurred in ‘The New Yorker’ would be, like, the mildest thing at a Chris Rock concert.”

― Robert Mankoff

“I’d worked for, during one period, for a PR firm, and for a while Rock Hudson was a client of ours, so I knew him well, and I knew when he had AIDS, that he had AIDS, but I would not write about that.”

― Robert Osborne

“I don’t know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer.”

― Robert Plant

“To rock isn’t necessarily to cavort.”

― Robert Plant

“I was 12 in ’55 when rock and roll hit. It just completely transformed me.”

― Robert Quine

“I don’t care where the Cure is placed in the pantheon of rock. I don’t care if we’re perceived as relevant. We’re never worried how we fit in. I don’t even want to fit in.”

― Robert Smith

“What do kids do? They go to movies, and they go to rock concerts.”

― Robert Stigwood

“You listen to a Metallica song, and you listen to the drums, and they’re not necessarily swinging, but the arrangements are different. Why is that? Because it’s more in tune with jazz arrangements. It’s very different. It’s not a traditional rock and roll production, in terms of the drums.”

― Robert Trujillo

“I believe in rock and roll and heavy music in general.”

― Robert Trujillo

“I had a band called Infectious Grooves back in the Nineties. That music was really a mixture of styles, and we had some stuff that was punk rock, ska, but then we had a lot of funk in there.”

― Robert Trujillo

“I’ve played with the best drummers in rock, ranging from Josh Freese to Brooks Wackerman to even Dave Lombardo.”

― Robert Trujillo

“I think that pop, and to some extent rock, are like sport and fashion industry in that they’re about the exuberance of youth. That’s the sort of subliminal ideology.”

― Robert Wyatt

“I have never felt in tune with the whole rock industry.”

― Robert Wyatt

“I don’t like rock opera with back beats.”

― Robin Gibb

“I had to overcome the name Rock. If I’d been as hip then as I am now, I would have never consented to be named Rock.”

― Rock Hudson

“Even by rock star standards, I was pretty awful.”

― Rod Stewart

“I’m a rock star because I couldn’t be a soccer star.”

― Rod Stewart

“I was one of the first of the uglies. Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter… were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend. I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.”

― Rod Taylor

“Wrestling has a tremendous entrance plan. You come in, and it’s, ‘Boy, here you are. It’s rock and roll; it’s wonderful.’ It’s got no exit plan.”

― Roddy Piper

“I’m very proud of The Rock.”

― Roddy Piper

“I don’t have any illusions anymore. The illusion that rock ‘n’ roll could change anything – I don’t believe that. I’ve changed.”

― Roger Daltrey

“Fifty per cent of rock is having a good time.”

― Roger Daltrey

“Rock & roll was the only thing I wanted to get into.”

― Roger Daltrey

“Leadbelly’s guitar is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.”

― Roger McGuinn

“Rock bands were never newsworthy. In the ’60s and ’70s, rock bands weren’t in the newspapers because they weren’t considered mainstream; they wouldn’t sell papers.”

― Roger Taylor

“I played ball at Miami. The Rock was with us.”

― Rohan Marley

“I love ’30 Rock.’ Absolutely love it. It’s a game-changing show.”

― Romola Garai

“There is no singular ‘reason’ why Africans use fractals, any more than a singular reason why Americans like rock music. Such enormous cultural practices just cover too much social terrain.”

― Ron Eglash

“I do live like a rock star, but it’s not as great as it sounds. It’s a lot of traveling.”

― Ron White

“I’ve asked these guys in rock bands with all the 18-wheelers driving to the venue how they make money. I just don’t understand it. But I don’t understand a lot of things.”

― Ron White

“I wanted to be Jon Bon Jovi and Bono. But I’m not that cool. I don’t need to be. I’m not a rock star. I am who I am.”

― Ronan Keating

“After quitting my job with Sea Rock, I became a Mukta Arts flunky.”

― Ronit Roy

“Rock ‘n’ roll was two pegs below being a prisoner of war back then.”

― Ronnie Hawkins

“Kill Rock Stars allowed me to put out a real genuine rock ‘n’ roll record.”

― Ronnie Spector

“I always want to rock.”

― Ronnie Wood

“The masses are the decisive element, they are the rock on which the final victory of the revolution will be built.”

― Rosa Luxemburg

“When we were first started we were doing a lot of Motown stuff, but actually playing it more in a rock way. Everybody in the band sang and we did a lot of harmonies.”

― Roy Wood

“Rock is young music, it is youth oriented. It just speaks for a generation.”

― Ruben Blades

“Heavy pillars, carved from the rock, bear the roof. Slowly, one’s eyes become accustomed to the dim light; then they can make out marvelous representations from Indian mythology carved on the walls.”

― Rudolf Otto

“The rule is, you can protest all you want. Make all the noise you want. Carry all the signs you want. The minute you throw a rock, you get arrested. The minute you break a window, you get arrested. The minute you break into a store, you get arrested.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“I’m very fit on tour. I try to eat well, try to sleep. But it’s still rock n’ roll.”

― Rufus Wainwright

“Every girl likes to just rock out when they put music on in their room – I learned that personally when fans would tell us how much they loved to make up their own dances to Cheetah Girls songs.”

― Sabrina Bryan

“I’m big fan of soulful music – classic rock with a folk-ish twist.”

― Sal Khan

“I remember very clearly when my dad first subscribed to HBO – ‘Fraggle Rock’ was a gamechanger.”

― Sallie Patrick

“Rock n’ roll was a kid when I was a kid.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I guess my main influences are Jesus, rock ‘n’ roll and ex-wives. In that order.”

― Sam Kinison

“Teenagers did not have, before rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm-and-blues – they did not have any type of music they could call their own once they got over 4 or 5 years old until they were well into their 20’s and considered adults.”

― Sam Phillips

“I don’t think there’s anything that defines WrestleMania more than Hulk Hogan and The Rock standing across from each other and the crowd going ballistic.”

― Sami Zayn

“I’m John Lee Hooker in the sense that he was a blues man and he played blues his whole life. I’m a rock guy and I’m going to play rock music my whole life.”

― Sammy Hagar

“I was the kind of kid who liked omnivorously almost all kinds of science – rock collections, fossils – and I like leaves, I like plants, and I like biology.”

― Sandra Faber

“I realized early on, I’m more interested in Baryshnikov than some dancer who wants to do a rock show with ballet.”

― Savion Glover

“I like pop, rock n’ roll, big band, Broadway – I like all those elements.”

― Scott Bakula

“I grew up in Southern California. I played in rock bands out here, and I’ve been around pop music my whole life. I’ve been around all music my entire life.”

― Scott Borchetta

“Frank Zappa… was Beethoven for insane rock guys.”

― Scott Ian

“I’m a rock star at the WeWorks and tech centers of New York.”

― Scott Rogowsky

“When I first went up to WWE in 2003, they asked me who I wanted to wrestle, and I said, ‘I wanna go against The Rock.’”

― Scott Steiner

“I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they’re not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them.”

― Scott Weiland

“There was a period of time where I really hated rock music.”

― Scott Weiland

“For the most part, rock fans don’t go and buy CDs any more, very rarely. It’s pretty much about downloads and streaming.”

― Scott Weiland

“I played in Velvet Revolver, which is a raw, bombastic blues band with a punk rock edge to it. It’s like everything is based around the blues, no matter what the groove is.”

― Scott Weiland

“I don’t understand the mentality of a rock fan, being obsessed with two or three songs from 25 years ago. I’m not that kind of a fan.”

― Sebastian Bach

“America gets rock stars a little more than Canada does.”

― Sebastian Bach

“I get noticed for different things I’ve done in different areas of town. If I’m in a rock club, it’ll be Skid Row, if I’m in a mall it’s the ‘Gilmore Girls.’”

― Sebastian Bach

“Twitter is the new rock magazine of the modern age. When I was a kid, we had magazines and journalists and interviews and articles and pinups and posters to follow our favourite artists. Nowadays? Twitter is actually the new rock magazine.”

― Sebastian Bach

“It is incredible to me that my Twitter feed is a source of ‘news’ for every rock news outlet around the world.”

― Sebastian Bach

“You throw a rock in the water, and ripples spread out slowly. But they do go far.”

― Sebastian Koch

“I grew up listening to the alternative rock music from the ’90s. Some of my favorite bands included Dinosaur Jr, Guided By Voices, and Cobra Verde.”

― Seph Lawless

“I’ve got my own studio, and I’ve got four- to five-hundred unreleased tracks. I’ve got stuff that’s electronic, orchestral, jazz, I’ve got rock, I’ve got metal, you know, I don’t have polka.”

― Serj Tankian

“With ‘Elect the Dead,’ I learned how to make a rock record without a rock band and make the rock record I’ve always wanted to make.”

― Serj Tankian

“In archaeology, context is the basis of many discoveries that are imputed to the deliberate workings of intelligence. If I find a rock chipped in such a way as to give it a sharp edge, and the discovery is made in a cave, I am seduced into ascribing this to tool use by distant, fetid and furry ancestors.”

― Seth Shostak

“Unless the clients want, I don’t like to have dancers for my shows. I prefer a rock show look and like performing with a live band.”

― Shaan

“Folk music has been our popular music… There is a myth that youngsters only like heavy metal or rock music, but that’s not true.”

― Shankar Mahadevan

“I was into this one guy that was like, punk and cool and rock ‘n roll. So I went out and bought black high top Converse.”

― Shannon Purser

“Blues became rock, rock became soul, and all of it was colorblind.”

― Shawn Amos

“Rock stars should be able to tune their own guitars, apply their own eyeliner, and pick out their own leather pants.”

― Shawn Amos

“My music is basically perceived as folk or softer rock.”

― Shawn Colvin

“Maybe I thought the movie business would be a little bit different than the rock n’ roll business, but, in fact, they’re the same animal, just packaged differently.”

― Shawn Crahan

“I’m all over the place with muffins. Carrots are great. Banana, chocolate chip, they rock, too.”

― Shawn Mendes

“I am to wrestling what Elvis was to rock n’ roll!”

― Shawn Michaels

“I actually just rock-climbed when I was away on vacation and now I’m searching out rock climbing gyms. That’s my new obsession for 2013.”

― Shay Mitchell

“I wanted to be a rock ‘n’ roll star. It defines life for me. It’s all I’ve ever imagined for myself.”

― Shelby Lynne

“I got rock in me.”

― Shemar Moore

“The bands that wrote the big, heroic rock songs – I really wanted to make a record like that.”

― Sheryl Crow

“Blues, rock, and soul are part of the music I make, but there are Indian influences, too.”

― Shruti Haasan

“I started out dabbling in rock and roll; then I did playback, and I have also sung for my own songs on screen.”

― Shruti Haasan

“I made the decision that I could either go outside in the freezing cold in the wind and rain and get muddy or just stay inside and be a rock star.”

― Shura

“We need to stop saying we can’t rock this boat when it needs to be rocked.”

― Sibel Edmonds

“Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.”

― Sigmund Freud

“Until I was about 16 years old, my dream was to be a musician. I played in rock bands and jazz bands. Then I decided to be an actor and kept the stable career of ‘jazz pianist’ as my safety net.”

― Simon Helberg

“When I came out with ‘Posse on Broadway,’ I decided, enough with trying to imitate New York, enough with trying to imitate L.A., let’s just be Seattle. And rock, grunge, followed right after ‘Posse on Broadway’ and Seattle just exploded.”

― Sir Mix-a-Lot

“My dad is a huge rock n’ roll lead guitar fan.”

― Slash

“I love rap, and I love the angst of hardcore music and punk rock.”

― Sonny Sandoval

“Rock and roll has become entertainment that just says what the consumer wants to hear. There’s no more edge or rebellion that sets it apart from the norm.”

― Sonny Sandoval

“My vibe is a bit boyish: rock shirts, trousers.”

― Sonoya Mizuno

“The music I used to make was a lot more rock, so I come from this background of head banging a lot, and it took me a while to figure out how to do it in the context of our music.”

― St. Lucia

“Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music.”

― Stanley Crouch

“Am I a rock star? Yeah, I guess.”

― Stephan Jenkins

“I love the NBC comedies. I DVR ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Community,’ ‘The Office,’ ’30 Rock.’ I love most of the HBO shows. I love ‘Archer.’ ‘Archer’s a great show. I’m big on Netflix; I’ve seen every episode of ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ We need more shows like that.”

― Stephen Colletti

“Most sponges in the ocean are sedentary: They attach themselves to a rock and sit and filter-feed the rest of their lives and reproduce, and that’s about it. Not that they are not interesting, but they are not that kinetic. They are not mobile. They don’t cook Krabbie Patties!”

― Stephen Hillenburg

“I’ll cover just about anything – except for a Kid Rock song.”

― Stephen Malkmus

“I can watch anything from 1970s West Coast rock to 1990s electro-funk – I don’t care.”

― Stephen Mangan

“America should be about owning a piece of the rock, about letting every worker have equity and share in the returns to capital.”

― Stephen Moore

“Maybe if they all could he combined – art, rock and fashion. Those were always my favorite things.”

― Stephen Sprouse

“I’d really like having a couple days of being a rock star, although I’d rather be a backup – like maybe the drummer for Muse… It would also be fun to be gorgeous, like be Charlize Theron, just for a couple of days.”

― Stephenie Meyer

“I look at a guy like The Rock – how he started with his natural ability in sports but gravitated into Hollywood – as a model for what’s possible.”

― Stephon Marbury

“I don’t think anyone has exhausted the range of sound possible in a conventional rock band, but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.”

― Steve Albini

“By now all rock bands are wise enough to be suspicious of music industry scum.”

― Steve Albini

“I think there is always room for a timeless sounding rock band like us.”

― Steve Brown

“We can get airplay all across the board, from CHR to Active rock.”

― Steve Brown

“It’s a big shame, because ‘Trixter’ in my mind were what a real rock n’ roll band is all about.”

― Steve Brown

“I’m a country singer, and I’m comfortable with that. But why does a country singer have to play only on country radio or a rock singer only on a rock station? I still don’t understand why it’s that big a deal.”

― Steve Earle

“When the Doors became huge, what nascent rock intelligentsia existed at the time adored them.”

― Steve Erickson

“I’m not a big fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s just a personal thing, not an ego thing.”

― Steve Perry

“You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made.”

― Steve Vai

“If the Police could do a reunion… One of the biggest jerks I ever met was Sting. If he can do it, then anyone can do it. It’s not that big a deal. And the Eagles! They did it! They severely hated each other. It’s just rock and roll.”

― Steven Adler

“GN’R was five guys who were all into different things. I liked pop and disco, Izzy was into New York rock, Slash loved Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, Axl was into Genesis and Elton John, and Duff was a punk rocker. We all blended that stuff together.”

― Steven Adler

“I’m not gonna be a slave. I’m a rock n’ roller.”

― Steven Adler

“It’s only rock and roll, my god! It’s not rocket science.”

― Steven Adler

“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.”

― Steven Adler

“One thing about Texas people, they’re very passionate about their Rock N’ Roll, and I love it.”

― Steven Adler

“I started buying records in the ’80s. I listened to everything new wave, disco, funk synth-pop, rock, but in my house we were listening to bossa nova, tango, and folk.”

― Steven Sater

“Being a rock n’ roll star ain’t a part-time gig.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Rock n’ roll is a participatory sport.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“The first rule of rock and roll is it’s all about live. Then you have to learn a second craft, which is making records. It should go in that order.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Primal Scream could be the biggest band in the world. They are fantastic when they make rock records – once every 10 years.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“The rock era, as I clock it, went from ’65 to ’94, from ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ to Kurt Cobain’s death.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Garage rock is music for older people with young souls and young people with old souls. It’s a certain sensibility, and you may have it when you’re 17 or when you’re 67.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Go out and support your local rock n’ roll band.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“It ain’t passive. It ain’t TV. Go out there and rock n’ roll and dance and have fun.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“Before Dylan, before rock became art, it was a wonderful fusion of pop structure and personal statements.”

― Steven Van Zandt

“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.”

― Steven Wilson

“I think the rock audience still likes to have a physical product. The demand for owning a physical copy is still there.”

― Steven Wilson

“If you want to find somebody and you want to be married and you want to have children, don’t make it a rock star.”

― Stevie Nicks

“I hit rock bottom, but thank God my bottom wasn’t death.”

― Stevie Ray Vaughan

“I hate most of what constitutes rock music, which is basically middle-aged crap.”

― Sting

“We have a rock audience, classical audience, metal, pop – everything. We unite them all.”

― Stjepan Hauser

“That final match I had at WrestleMania with The Rock was my last match.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“The Rock is one of the biggest movie stars in the world. So give the guy his due.”

― Stone Cold Steve Austin

“I’m in a rock band – I don’t have a day job! I am spoiled… a lot.”

― Stone Gossard

“In British music, you have indie, rock… Grime is now one of those pillars. It’s a foundation of British music.”

― Stormzy

“Greer is Missouri’s second-largest spring. It is a place of pounding, frothing waters and of greeny-cool moss-covered rock, a place of fern and cliffy splendor.”

― Sue Hubbell

“I’m in a band, and we play music. And that’s sort of my way of still being a rock star.”

― Sunny Mabrey

“Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also.”

― Suzi Quatro

“Rock n’ roll! It’s the music of puberty.”

― Suzi Quatro

“I’m one of those rare breed of rock n’ rollers with a brain, probably because the brain’s still intact.”

― Suzi Quatro

“I slalom ski. I wakeboard. I hike and rock climb.”

― Sydney Sweeney

“We listen to a lot of hip hop. They’re the ones that are trailblazing. It used to be rock, but it’s really turned to hip hop, and they’re doing really unique and cool things, and we wanted to do that, too.”

― Synyster Gates

“My favorite punk rock song is ‘Linoleum’ by NOFX. That’s pure harmony, the coolest chord changes.”

― Synyster Gates

“I hope we’re not the last of the Mohicans when it comes to putting on a big, crazy, over-the-top theatrical rock show.”

― Synyster Gates

“Rock Hudson wasn’t my type. He’s a great guy and had a great sense of humor.”

― Tab Hunter

“I’m more like an animalistic rock chick.”

― Taryn Manning

“It was the era of Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson; they all had a certain look.”

― Taylor Hackford

“I make a living playing rock n’ roll. I’m not going to complain about anything.”

― Taylor Hawkins

“I’d call my music rock but with pop hooks.”

― Taylor Momsen

“My uncles listened to rock and roll like Led Zeppelin. We had MTV, so I saw Adam Ant and Boy George and Def Leppard.”

― Tech N9ne

“I grew up listening to classic rock – the Kinks, Genesis, The Who, Pink Floyd.”

― Ted Cruz

“We’ve always imagined ourselves as a rock band. We’ve always been a rock band playing the wrong instruments.”

― Ted Dwane

“I don’t know many artists who’ve managed to go a career without bringing these things up. Saying the word ‘God,’ ‘Jesus’ – it happens in a million rock songs.”

― Ted Dwane

“I don’t wanna be a rock star. I don’t believe in rock stars. If you really examine what goes with being a rock star, I’ve avoided that really well.”

― Ted Nugent

“’30 Rock’ is one of the best things on TV, I think.”

― Teri Garr

“If God is so powerful, can he create a rock which he cannot lift?”

― Terry Goodkind

“After twelve years of living in Hawaii, I’d gotten a serious case of ‘rock fever.’ I just couldn’t live on an island any longer.”

― Tess Gerritsen

“A lot of singers find a musical genre people like and stick with it. That’s being a conformist. I sing ballads, rock, salsa, rap.”

― Thalia

“Music is such a great communicator. It breaks down linguistic barriers, cultural barriers, it basically reaches out. That’s when rock n’ roll succeeds, and that’s what virtuosity is all about.”

― The Edge

“Jazz came out of New Orleans, and that was the forerunner of everything. You mix jazz with European rhythms, and that’s rock n’ roll, really. You can make the argument that it all started on the streets of New Orleans with the jazz funerals.”

― The Edge

“The reason I wanted to be a WWE Superstar was because of The Rock. I used to watch him in The Attitude Era. There was no one more electrifying and no one more must-see than The Rock.”

― The Miz

“Initially, electronic music was anti-establishment, as punk rock and rock n’ roll were. The music was shut down; the police were against the parties.”

― Thomas Bangalter

“Rock stars get room keys, I get business cards.”

― Thomas Friedman

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“I need some more followers! I need to get my stats up to a million so I can make any movie with The Rock I want!”

― Thomas Middleditch

“I have this guitar on which I occasionally kill time making up rock n’ roll lyrics.”

― Thomas Pynchon

“I played in a punk rock band in high school called the High Heel Flip Flops. I was the drummer. I played drums for, like, four years.”

― Thomas Rhett

“I actually went to high school with Jay Rock.”

― Thundercat

“One day I’ll make a rap song, the next day I’ll make a pop song, the next day I’ll make a rock song, the next day I’ll make R&B. I don’t have a pattern.”

― Tierra Whack

“DJs are the new rock stars.”

― Tiesto

“I was a huge ‘Pyromania’ fan. You would never expect it, but I was in love with Iron Maiden; I was such a huge fan. I went to a lot of rock stuff like Van Halen, too.”

― Tiesto

“It was Stevie Nicks who made the biggest impression and really resonated with me. I found her intriguing and liked her voice. Her songs were kind of mysterious, and she was a woman in a rock band.”

― Tiffany Darwish

“I’ve always really been a big fan of rock music. I wanted to record rock music when I was 14 or 15, but I was too young; it would have been ridiculous.”

― Tiffany Darwish

“I grew up when ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ taught millions of American kids how a bill becomes a law.”

― Tim Griffin

“When I was in college in Philly, there was a lot of post-punks… hardcore… like, rock. Sixties, retro, proto-Strokes kind of bands.”

― Tim Heidecker

“What ‘listo’ means in Spanish is this: it means prepared, it means battle-tested, it means rock solid, up for anything, never backing down. And, friends, Hillary Clinton, she is listo!”

― Tim Kaine

“I’m not supporting nor not supporting TV casting shows – there is no doubt they are created for financial reasons – but I don’t have a problem with wanting to sell tickets, and if you want to do an arena version of a rock musical, you have to sell a lot of tickets to justify the cast.”

― Tim Minchin

“I’ve now met, I would say, almost every single one of my rock idols. I feel like I should just drive off a cliff now.”

― Tim Schafer

“Rock ‘n’ Roll, no roses or gardening.”

― Tina Charles

“Doing one movie every two years is about all I can handle ’cause, being the creator at ’30 Rock’, my year there starts in the middle of June and goes back around until March.”

― Tina Fey

“There comes a point where it is just undignified to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.”

― Tina Turner

“I prayed fervently for a series regular job on a show that had the perceived caliber of talent that ’30 Rock’ had.”

― Tituss Burgess

“Technically, a Ghost song could just be piano and vocals, but it could also be full, pounding, heavy-thrashing hard rock.”

― Tobias Forge

“As long as I’ve been doing Ghost, at least, I’ve been very keen on maintaining not necessarily an anonymity but a low profile. But on the other hand, I spent 25 years not doing Ghost, where, 20 of those years, I wanted to be nothing but a famous rock musician.”

― Tobias Forge

“For us, if you’re a rock band, there’s no way around it. You have to tour. You have to tour a whole lot.”

― Tobias Forge

“I have a fascination for well-produced ’70s and ’80s rock with a lot of harmonies. AOR bands like Journey, Jefferson Starship, Toto, Kansas, Boston.”

― Tobias Forge

“It’s wild how chefs have become like rock stars.”

― Todd English

“The New York Dolls did not think of themselves as punk rock. There was no such term at the time. They were just another band in what was called the New York scene.”

― Todd Rundgren

“I’m not going to be the rock star of the far right and frankly on the rock star of the far left.”

― Tom Barrett

“I’m a huge stadium rock fan, but I’m also a fan of everything from Massive Attack to Peter Gabriel, U2, the Police, Radiohead, and Coldplay.”

― Tom DeLonge

“When I write in the studio, I tend to gravitate toward the ability to play really loud, aggressive, post-punk stuff, with big, heavy guitars and a big rock drum sound.”

― Tom DeLonge

“I loved doing ‘Rock of Ages’ in N.Y. and that, but its such a large scale, and so many things go into it.”

― Tom Lenk

“I didn’t think you could just become a rock and roll singer.”

― Tom Petty

“Rock isn’t a young music anymore. I don’t think it’s necessarily even a youth-oriented music.”

― Tom Petty

“I always loved rock ‘n’ roll.”

― Tom Stoppard

“I like pop music. I consider rock ‘n’ roll to be a branch of pop music.”

― Tom Stoppard

“I sang opera, I sang show tunes. I got into a rock band for a while. I’ve sung a lot of different things.”

― Tom Wopat

“Phil Rudd from AC/DC was someone I really liked a lot… Not because I was dazzled by his playing ability – he was just a rock, y’know?”

― Tommy Lee

“The Ramones are an original rock and roll group of 1975, and their songs are brief, to the point, and every one a potential hit single.”

― Tommy Ramone

“When I was little kid, I used to want to be a rock star.”

― Tommy Wiseau

“I’m a fan of music, some rock music. But I like many types of music. But I suppose a kind of longstanding love of specific bands would be Radiohead, Wilco, Neil Young, Tom Waits, REM.”

― Toni Collette

“Progressive rock was happening.”

― Tony Orlando

“Every time I go onstage, it’s a little less ‘Chris Rock’s brother.’”

― Tony Rock

“Nothing’s given in the Rock family.”

― Tony Rock

“I’m ready to rock and roll.”

― Tony Romo

“Now I know what it’s like to be a rock star. No, I didn’t sleep with 5 groupies at once. But I was interviewed about 45 times in 5 days in 3 cities.”

― Tony Visconti

“There are enough scary rock & roll mothers in the world.”

― Tori Amos

“My father was a minister and so rock music was banned in our house.”

― Tori Amos

“I have taken my flight in the region of eagles; when I alight, it must be on a rock, and that rock must be a constitutional government, of which I shall be the head so long as I shall be among men.”

― Toussaint Louverture

“I don’t think I would live very long if I was a rock star.”

― Tove Lo

“I love ’30 Rock’ because Tina Fey allows me to fly over the cuckoo nest once a week.”

― Tracy Morgan

“In 1996, I was in was in an acoustic kind of rock band, we were called Feeble. We were just playing locally.”

― Travis Barker

“You can’t buy being a rock star.”

― Travis Scott

“I’m the greatest rock and roll drummer on the planet and you suck.”

― Tre Cool

“Punk rock has become another viable art form. It always was. But now it’s like everyone’s doing it.”

― Tre Cool

“Being a rock & roll star has become as legitimate a career option as being an astronaut or a policeman or a fireman.”

― Trent Reznor

“I don’t have to save rock. I don’t even like rock that much.”

― Trent Reznor

“I just loved classical music, but I also loved playing rock guitar, and I loved playing piano, so it was a natural thing that those things would merge at some point.”

― Trevor Rabin

“I absolutely love the Philharmonic. I also love rock guitar.”

― Trey Anastasio

“The problem is we moved to LA… The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.”

― Trey Parker

“The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.”

― Trey Parker

“Rock guitar is one of my favourite sounds.”

― Trombone Shorty

“Being jazz-trained, things happen spontaneously. Even though it’s funk rock, we still have the instincts of a jazz musician.”

― Trombone Shorty

“I do love my rock music.”

― Tulisa

“Aamir once went behind a rock to cry because his director didn’t listen to what he was saying.”

― Twinkle Khanna

“The ‘Manipulator’ record was really fun to do. It was far less heavy and draining, in an emotional way. It was just like making a rock record. It was just really fun.”

― Ty Segall

“I’ve always appreciated more guitar-driven and, in general, just rock music; that’s what I listen to. I don’t really listen to electronic music.”

― Tycho

“Nobody criticizes The Rock. Nobody criticizes Randy Couture when he goes over and did ‘Expendables 3’ or anybody who’s a crossover.”

― Tyron Woodley

“I’m not a rock singer and I don’t want to be a rock singer. I’m not interested. It doesn’t seem to get across.”

― Van Morrison

“Rock and roll might be summed up as monotony tinged with hysteria.”

― Vance Packard

“If Mozart were around now he would write a killer rock song.”

― Vanessa Carlton

“I love funky styles. Not preppy or rock, just funky!”

― Vanessa Hudgens

“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.”

― Varg Vikernes

“I have this dream of directing. But as a child, I wanted to become a wrestler. Like, in childhood, we used to watch WWF; I was inspired by all of that. One of my favourite wrestlers was Rock, who has become an actor.”

― Varun Dhawan

“Mama is my chance to be a stand-up comedian. In my mind, it’s my chance to be Chris Rock.”

― Vicki Lawrence

“The Rock will always come back to us.”

― Vince McMahon

“I’m a rock drummer. I couldn’t sit down and pretend to be a jazz drummer.”

― Vinnie Paul

“All the skateboarding brands that I was into had graphic T-shirts. In the ’90s, there were different styles that went along with the different influences in skateboarding, whether that be hip-hop or rock and roll and grunge. And that’s what I was into, so I was following all that.”

― Virgil Abloh

“He like a rock in the sea unshaken stands his ground.”

― Virgil

“Def Leppard is a rock band that can sing.”

― Vivian Campbell

“I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“What changed our lives forever was when Malcolm had the idea to sell rock ‘n roll records to trendy customers.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“We based the look on rock ‘n roll right from the beginning.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“The big thing I learned from Chris Rock was not to be a victim of show business. Don’t let show business push you around.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“Rock music is being systematically merged with fashion.”

― Walter Becker

“I have a feeling there were many, many successful rock duos that just didn’t get attention. That’s the fault of the rock press. They are always playing up controversy, scandal, aggravation, and irritation.”

― Walter Becker

“In the ’70s… there were rock players, and there were jazz players.”

― Walter Becker

“We play rock & roll, but we swing when we play. We want that ongoing flow, that lightness, that forward rush of jazz.”

― Walter Becker

“On that show, I did country and some rock, too, whatever record I had out at the time, I’d sing that.”

― Wanda Jackson

“Yeah, I don’t like, um, I’m not interested in rock ‘n’ roll piano. I find it a little grating.”

― Warren Zevon

“The primary one being, like I said, I don’t like rock ‘n’ roll piano.”

― Warren Zevon

“I had the most fun on ‘3rd Rock’. It was a great show to work on.”

― Wayne Knight

“I know there are some people in British Columbia who are still holding a vigil for ‘3rd Rock’.”

― Wayne Knight

“When I first started playing in a band, before the Beatles, working bands played standards and they saved their rock material til the end of the night when they were really stretched out. It could be pretty lame.”

― Wayne Kramer

“Oh my gosh, if I could be on ’30 Rock’, my life would be made. That is my favorite show. My absolute favorite show.”

― Wendi McLendon-Covey

“Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

― Will Rogers

“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!”

― William Booth

“In the broad spectrum of the arts, two worlds rarely overlap – the literary world and the world of rock music.”

― William Boyd

“All of the punk-rock bands of the era would come in and play, and my job on Punk Rock Night was that I would go into the slam pit, and… I was 24 or 25, and I’d slam dance in the pit.”

― William Forsythe

“These mountains appear to be almost entirely composed of stratas of rock of various colours (mostly red) and are partially covered with a dwarfish growth of pine and cedar, which are the only species of timber to be seen.”

― William Henry Ashley

“I’ve got rock ‘n’ roll in my blood.”

― William Shatner

“I’m not technically adept at music, but I’d love to be part of a discussion of where progressive rock ends and country music begins.”

― William Shatner

“Chris Rock is a very funny man.”

― Willie Geist

“I like a lot of old-school R&B, soul, and classic rock.”

― Wiz Khalifa

“When I’m back home, all I wear is African fabric. All I really rock is the traditional stuff.”

― WizKid

“Achilles was like a rock star of his day so it made sense to have Brad Pitt playing him.”

― Wolfgang Petersen

“Kids like classic rock, and so do adults.”

― Wolfman Jack

“From 1958 to 1964, that’s real rock n’ roll. Then the Beatles hit and everyone sounded like them.”

― Wolfman Jack

“I probably learned more about Marion Barry listening to Chris Rock than I did reading a headline.”

― Wyatt Cenac

“In 1905 Albert discovered Relativity, in 1906 he invented Rock and Roll.”

― Yahoo Serious

“I equally love both, classic rock and hip-hop. I love all music, really, and I really use classic rock a lot. I’m heavily influenced by that melodically in my music. I can’t really separate the two.”

― Yelawolf

“Triple 6 Mafia and Mystikal in Atlanta was one of my first shows. I remember how sweaty and smashed up everybody was, and it was so punk rock.”

― Yelawolf

“Rock groups – they last for a long time.”

― YG

“I never wanted to be a performer, I never wanted to be Yo Yo Honey Singh, the rock star.”

― Yo Yo Honey Singh

“In the ’60s, people were still very protective of each field that they belonged to. Avant-garde artists didn’t know about rock or pop or jazz. And the jazz people of course didn’t want to know about any other music. They were all just kind of protecting their territory.”

― Yoko Ono

“When you’re onstage with Chris Rock, anything can happen. He is one of the greatest comic geniuses we’ve ever seen.”

― Yul Vazquez

“Rock n’ roll’s not dead.”

― Yungblud

“I’m a rock and roll kid, but to me, rock and roll isn’t just four idiots banging their instruments really loud.”

― Yungblud

“Rosa Parks is rock and roll.”

― Yungblud

“I grew up on rock and roll like My Chemical Romance, who were actually genuinely talking about and saying things.”

― Yungblud

“We’ve gone further on this album, where we have a Big Band song, kind of a Sinatra-type song; we have a couple songs that have electronic music on them. We’ve got a couple rock songs, maybe a little heavier than what we’ve done. So the title ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ really covers the breadth of the record.”

― Zac Brown

“I love listening to Led Zeppelin and classic rock albums from the Seventies. They’re just so brilliant because they breathe.”

― Zacky Vengeance

“Rock music is predictable, unless there’s great talent involved.”

― Zubin Mehta
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