Rock and roll

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Rock and Roll is a musical genre and lifestyle which first originated in the 1950's and has since evolved in popular culture throughout the years proceeding.


  • As I define it, rock and roll is dead. The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive -- and it still informs other kinds of music.
  • Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression.
  • I like rock and roll, and I don't like much else.
  • If it's illegal to rock and roll, throw my ass in jail!
  • If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn't repel them.
  • I'm just a musical prostitute, my dear!When I wear leather, I feel like a Black Panther!
  • It's only Rock and Roll but I like it.
    • Rolling Stones
  • Men make angry music and it's called rock-and-roll; women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they're angry and militant.
  • Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.
  • My my, hey hey Rock and roll is here to stay.
  • No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.
  • No, it hasn't, because I was in tanks and they rock and rolled quite a bit.
    • Elvis Presley, when asked if his 2-year stint in the Army changed his thoughts on rock and roll
  • Now in the sixties we were naive, like children. Everybody went back to their rooms and said, 'We didn't get a wonderful world of just flowers and peace and happy chocolate, and it won't be just pretty and beautiful all the time,' and just like babies everyone went back to their rooms and sulked. 'We're going to stay in our rooms and play rock and roll and not do anything else, because the world's a horrible place, because it didn't give us everything we cried for.' Right?
  • 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.
  • Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world.
  • Rock and roll music - the music of freedom frightens people and unleashes all manner of conservative defense mechanisms.
  • Rock and roll used to be for kicks, now a days it's politics.
  • Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore.
  • Videos destroyed the vitality of rock and roll. Before that, music said, "Listen to me." Now it says, "Look at me."
  • We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
  • You've got to be hard, like the rock in that old rock and roll.
  • "Rock and Roll" is about me. If I hadn't heard rock and roll on the radio, I would have had no idea there was life on this planet. Which would have been devastating to think that everything, everywhere was like it was where I come from. That would have been profoundly discouraging. Movies didn't do it for me. TV didn't do it for me. It was the radio that did it.
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