„The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art.“
Contexto: The fact that so many books still name the Beatles "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art. Jazz critics have long recognized that the greatest jazz musicians of all times are Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Classical critics rank the highly controversial Beethoven over classical musicians who were highly popular in courts around Europe. Rock critics are still blinded by commercial success: the Beatles sold more than anyone else (not true, by the way), therefore they must have been the greatest. Jazz critics grow up listening to a lot of jazz music of the past, classical critics grow up listening to a lot of classical music of the past. Rock critics are often totally ignorant of the rock music of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that the Beatles did anything worth of being saved.
„Hip-hop kind of absorbed rock, in terms of the attitude and the whole point of why rock was important music. Young people felt like rock music was theirs, from Elvis to the Beatles to the Ramones to Nirvana. This was theirs; it wasn’t their parents’. I think hip-hop became the musical style that embraces that mentality.“
— Chris Cornell American singer-songwriter, musician 1964 - 2017
Chris Cornell Flashback Q&A: 'We Have to Be Aware That Life Is So Short', Yahoo!, May 19, 2017 https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/chris-cornell-flashback-qa-aware-life-short-023857577.html,
Solo career Era
„Most people don’t listen to classical music at all, but to rock-and-roll or hillbilly songs or some album named Music To Listen To Music By…“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
“The Taste of the Age”, p. 12
A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables (1962)
„Pop music often tells you everything is OK, while rock music tells you that it's not OK, but you can change it.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
Fonte: On the Move
„Women are still a relative rarity in rock bands, and studies of women's experiences with pop and rock music have indicated that girls are socialized to pop and rock music differently from boys: boys and young men tend to learn songs by ear and talk about popular music's technical aspects, while girls and young women tend to focus on lyrics rather than on equipment and instrumentation, and to resist learning songs by ear. Miki Bernyi's experience testifies to the truthfulness of those findings:“
'Girls don't have the patience to spend six years learning someone else's music. Me and Emma [Anderson] can't jam because we only know how to play our own songs. Jamming's more of a boy's thing....I think that women play more imaginatively because they learn to play while they're writing songs, instead of waiting to be technically good first.'
Quoted in Evans, 1994, p. 44.
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
Interview on London Plus (24 September 1984) - YouTube video http://youtube.com/watch?v=CR2N040drg0
„Beatles' "aryan" music removed any trace of black music from rock and roll: it replaced syncopated african rhythm with linear western melody, and lusty negro attitudes with cute white-kid smiles.“
— Piero Scaruffi Italian writer 1955
Beatles The History of Rock Music http://www.scaruffi.com/vol1/beatles.html
„Most people have music in the center of their lives. I believe my work sheds light on how music affects us and why it is so influential.“
— Susan McClary American musicologist 1946
— Steve Ballmer American businessman who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft 1956
[Andy, and Michael Parsons, McCue, http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9593_22-5397733.html, Ballmer talks tech, Application Development, ZDNet News, 5 October 2004, 2007-04-20]
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
As quoted in M.E.A.T (1991-09).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print
„When I was getting into punk rock and hardcore when I was younger, "emo" was like Fugazi. It was these weird bands that were almost like post hardcore or post punk bands. Many were really political. Emo had to do with how they would vocalize, not the way in which it refers to our music.“
— Joe Trohman American musician 1984
My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue (2004), Ultimate Guitar Interview (2008)
„Outwardly, what is simpler than to write books? Outwardly, what obstacles are there for a woman rather than for a man? Inwardly, I think, the case is very different; she has still many ghosts to fight, many prejudices to overcome. Indeed it will be a long time still, I think, before a woman can sit down to write a book without finding a phantom to be slain, a rock to be dashed against. And if this is so in literature, the freest of all professions for women, how is it in the new professions which you are now for the first time entering?“
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
"Professions for Women"
The Death of the Moth and Other Essays (1942)
„Classifying rock music is an easy way for kids to identify with it. A band like Finch screams and sings, so they classify that with the Used because I scream and sing. But at the same time, we are worlds different. When I was listening to Nirvana, I never got involved in the fact that they were grunge-rock or whatever people were starting to call it at the time. I was raised listening to many different things. But everything has to be put into a category. That's fine with me. The music says enough.“
— Bert McCracken American musician 1982
G. Brown (January 3, 2003) "Screams catapult Utah's The Used", The Denver Post, The Denver Post Corp., p. FF-02.
„When we were growing up, the 45 single was the heart of rock-and-roll and in many regards still is. It's the hardest thing to pull off. The surest sign that a band is growing stale and running out of creative ideas is when it turns to prog. And I well remember the 1970s when prog almost destroyed rock music. It's the mold growing on a congealed band on its last legs. Indeed, it still lurks among us in new, insidious forms like indie. The few times U2 has attempted prog, we've tempered it with good songwriting.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
„[On "grunge"] Music's music, and the weird thing is Brant [Bjork] has said this before; Soundgarden and those bands and Nirvana, those are great bands, but they did not create rock and roll. This whole "grunge" bullshit that everyone's talking about. "Oh my gosh, it's amazing!", they did not create rock and roll! It is rock and roll music. It's good rock and roll, that's all it is. They did not start something, they don't corner the market on anything. […] I think it's a shame, because it's a great media tool and it worked. Like, whoever thought of the word "grunge" should be rich by now because it's a great media trip, you know? But it's just all good rock and roll; Soundgarden, Nirvana, all these bands are just good rock and roll bands. People spend too much time categorizing what everything is. Just throw it on your turntable, throw it on you CD player or whatever you have and listen to it. Don't worry about what it is - no one cares, it doesn't matter anymore, you know? That's what should have happened, it shouldn't matter anymore what you are. There's so many, like, "fusion" everything and whatever that it shouldn't matter anymore, you know?“
— Josh Homme American musician 1973
Kyuss interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqai2XYiFyI, The Rivoli, Toronto (December 13, 1992)
„There is one thing I don't understand about Astral Weeks. Of all the records I have ever made that one is definitely not rock. You could throw that record at the wall, take it to music colleges, analyze it to death. Nobody is going to tell me that it is a rock album. Why they keep calling it one I have no idea.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
An Oral History of Popular Music (1989)
„The band played marching from deck to deck, and as the ship went under I could still hear the music.“
— Steve Turner British writer 1949
Fonte: The Band That Played On (Thomas Nelson, 2011), p. 11
„Rock music pays off. Rock music takes me on a joyride. Rock music keeps me off the hell city bus. Rock music will always look out for me. But I will not let my torture profanity demon shoot it down.“
— Wesley Willis American singer-songwriter 1963 - 2003
Interview with Howard Stern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPNfSekbTck,
— Eldon Hoke Singer, musician 1958 - 1997
The Mentors on Hot seat, 1992.
„We have all been affected as composers, as teachers, as musicians by recordings to an extent that cannot possibly be calculated as yet or predicted for the future. The music which is being most widely disseminated and most widely discussed, and therefore most widely imitated and influential, is that music which is available on records. The music that is only published is very little known. I don't think one can possibly exaggerate the extent to which the climate of music today is determined by the fact that the total Webern is available on records, that the total Schoenberg is becoming available.“
— Milton Babbitt American composer 1916 - 2011
Quoted in Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, ISBN 0028645812.