100+ Best Rock n Roll Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Rock n Roll Quotes

So I will go as far as I can into rock and roll carrying my Christian banner. — Cliff Richard

I’m not in the leftist controlled Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of my political views, primarily my lifelong militant support of the NRA, the Second Amendment, and my belief that the only good bad guy is a dead bad guy. — Ted Nugent

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

If your album sells, that’s cool, more people find out about you, more people get turned on to what we’re really about-which is a live rock and roll band. — Nikki Sixx

We’ve got great fans that rock and roll won’t have, because you can have a one-hit record and country music used to, not so much anymore and you have a fan forever. — Tanya Tucker

Where is this great love for rock and roll that existed for 50 or 60 years? — Billy Corgan

A lot of places we go, when they see the organ coming in, they’re expecting rock and roll, but after they hear us play they like it. To me, guitar cuts through-it carries more than organ. But organ has got more guts. — Wes Montgomery

Rock and roll mainly but I can play passable jazz also. — Suzi Quatro

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

There’s a hell of a lot of freedom in this rock and roll circus… it’s where all the freaks go – it’s the environment for me. — Brian Molko

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

On the surface, rock and roll changes at an amazing pace. The influence of a figure like the Maharishi can appear and disappear in a matter of months. Talk about old fashioned rock and roll finds itself dead before it begins. — Jon Landau

I felt that the elegance of pop music was that it was reflective: we were holding up a mirror to our audience and reflecting them philosophically and spiritually, rather than just reflecting society or something called ‘rock and roll.’ — Pete Townshend

For me, it’s more about keeping it simple with a rock and roll edge. It’s all about accessorising. — Lulu

If rock-and-roll is well done, there’s nothing so terribly wrong with that kind of music. But the lyrics are another story. — Kate Smith

I’m an old rock and roll buff. I love Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. — Nick Carter

I wanted to play rock and roll when I started playing. Nobody at that time ever thought about songwriting. You sang songs, that’s all. You sang other people’s songs. That’s all there were. — Bruce Cockburn

I don’t want to see old people doing rap or rock and roll. It makes me cringe. — Grace Slick

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

The whole idea of rock and roll lifestyle is a cartoon. It’s a caricature. And at times, it’s made up of people emulating others; a few who actually live that lifestyle and many who claim to live that lifestyle. — Paul Stanley

What would rock and roll be without ambition, craziness, danger, and fun? — Pete Wentz

Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.’ — Elvis Presley

It’s only rock and roll, my god! It’s not rocket science. — Steven Adler

Just the other day I pulled out this old cassette of Ragged Glory and I popped it into my cassette player and I was digging it. They were just a great rock and roll band, one that presents the song ahead of everything else – there’s no grand idea or concept behind it. — Krist Novoselic

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

The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often the writers main motivation is to become friends with the band. Theyre not really journalists; theyre people who want to be involved in rock and roll. — Chuck Klosterman

I don’t know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer. — Robert Plant

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me. — John Lennon

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame traditionally has had a management style that is very supportive of American talent, first and foremost, over everything else. And I think that’s right and proper. — Ian Anderson

My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen – I love all of them. I love singing to them because they’re all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz. — Casey Abrams

I always felt that I was one of the women who helped lay the foundation for rock and roll. But I’d always been overlooked by the Hall of Fame. — Brenda Lee

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America. — Bill Griffith

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

I’m not so rock and roll. I’m more techno. — Raf Simons

I left rock and roll professionally at about 49. That’s too long as far as I’m concerned. Some people can do it; it depends on what you were. — Grace Slick

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

The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty. — David Amram

I take my job as a rock and roll sax player very seriously. To do it the way that I must do it, I must be in good condition. The better shape you’re in, the harder you can rock. — Clarence Clemons

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

When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll. — Eddie Van Halen

Rock and roll has probably given more than it’s taken. — Charlie Watts

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz and rock and roll. It is probably a better way to get to know our country than by what politicians or airline commercials represent. — Billy Joel

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing. You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. — Paul Stanley

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band – we wanted to play rock and roll only. — Ritchie Blackmore

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

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

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

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

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

Every musician, their goal in life is to play music that people love, and I’ve accomplished my goal. I was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and left that chapter of my life and those people in the past. Good and bad, I’ve loved and am thankful for that chapter. — Steven Adler

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

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

In 1905 Albert discovered Relativity, in 1906 he invented Rock and Roll. — Yahoo Serious

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 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

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

If you truly dig what you are doing, if you lay it out that way, nobody can not respond. That’s what rock and roll is; it’s relentless. — Cass Elliot

The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star. — Elton John

My dad was one of the reasons I got into rock and roll, because I was learning the ropes of his business, which was selling powertools, and I was looking for a way out from under his heel. I was like, ‘Where’s the fun? Where’s the glamour? — Billy Idol

It’s not some great work of beauty and love to be a rock-and-roll singer. — Robert Plant

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

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

I’m the greatest rock and roll drummer on the planet and you suck. — Tre Cool

Gibson has been making the finest electric guitars the world has ever witnessed for over 70 years. They are as American as God, guns and rock and roll. — Ted Nugent

I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Songwriter Hall of Fame? Absolutely, — Paul Stanley

Some men look great unshaven; others just look like they forgot to shave. Beards and mustaches can be really distinctive if you go for an earthy, rock-and-roll look like the Kings of Leon or the Killers. — Donatella Versace

I’ve been playing rock and roll since I was 16 years old, and now I have a 16-year-old. — Billie Joe Armstrong

Elvis may be the King of Rock and Roll, but I am the Queen. — Little Richard

Rock and roll is a contact sport. I enjoy playing the tunes that really get the people going. — Richie Sambora

I’d rather play jazz, I hate rock and roll. — Ginger Baker

It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. — Paul Stanley

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

By no means, I can’t sing any rock and roll. — Kelli O’Hara

Rock and roll is – and should be – a kid’s place. — Ben Folds

Prince presented us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. — Bernie Worrell

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

Rock and Roll has certainly tried to take its toll on me. I’d rather not talk about my past excesses here, although some hardcore rockers might argue that those excesses were responsible for some great records, but I know which side I came out on. — Tony Visconti

My dad is a huge rock and roll lead guitar fan. I didn’t even really know that until recently. Everything has to have a guitar solo in it. — Slash

The problem for me, still today, is that I write purely with one dramatic structure and that is the rite of passage. I’m not really skilled in any other. Rock and roll itself can be described as music to accompany the rite of passage. — Pete Townshend

Now, I don’t know how they judge all that, but if anybody in the world deserves to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Ritchie Valens does. — Waylon Jennings

The young people have MTV and rock and roll. Why would they go to read poetry? Poetry belongs to the Stone Age. It awakens in us perceptions that go back to those times. — Robert Morgan

I would say country is the one type of music I’ve spent the least amount of time with in my life. I grew up in Virginia, where there was a lot of it, but I was more interested in rock and roll. Southern rock. — Connie Britton

I’ve always wanted to do a movie that takes place in the 70’s and was about rock and roll and getting high, like Dazed and Confused or Fast Times at Ridgemont High. — Edward Furlong

I’m not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot. — Manuel Puig

I prefer a three-piece suit myself. Very sixties rock and roll. But they’re not too quirky. Businessmen could wear them. — Scott Weiland

We were sitting on the bus one day and there were 5 of us hanging out. There was only one beer left in the cooler and we actually all took a little cup and split it. It was a pathetic day in a rock and roll when five grown men have to be sitting there sharing a beer. — Zakk Wylde

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

Most people are living lives of sort of survival. And constantly posing an existential crisis, either through fantasy or oblivion, really has been pretty much explored in rock and roll. At least in the western version of rock n’ roll. — Billy Corgan

I can’t tell you what I had for breakfast, but I can sing every single word of rock and roll — Patty Duke

I look back on my life, comin’ out of Macon, Georgia – I never thought I’d be a superstar, a living legend. I never heard of no rock and roll in my life. — Little Richard

I have never been accepted. I’ll never make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They’re never going to let me in. — Nancy Sinatra

I love rock and roll. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong decade because I love Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix and… those are my bands. — Marisa Miller

I played Big Band jazz music. I wasn’t into rock and roll. I was just there because it was a living. I surprised everyone. I’m still surprising people. — Bobby Vinton

The ’60s are gone, dope will never be as cheap, sex never as free, and the rock and roll never as great. — Abbie Hoffman

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

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

I didn’t want to be told what to do. I don’t want to water down my music to fit into their formats. I know what rock and roll is to me, but everything’s turning into one big commercial. — Chris Robinson

Well, all rock and roll is based in artifice. — Billy Corgan

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

I think God is the most unexplored territory in rock and roll music. — Billy Corgan

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