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Rock Stars’ Philosophical and Inspirational Quotes.

Updated on May 26, 2015

© 2012 by Theocharis Vagelis

Rock music has a powerful impact on society. Rock has influenced daily life, social behavior, fashion and attitudes. The Rock Music lifestyle has been associated with sex and drugs, groupies, extreme fashion styles, extreme appearances, and many more.

On the other hand, it is Rock Stars and Rock Music Icons that historically have been more sensitive to social issues and have attempted to call for action. Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and John Lennon raised their anti-war voices.

Others have written and interpreted songs that concern issues such as racism (i.e. Peter Gabriel’s “Biko”), civil war and violence (i.e. U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”), student protests (i.e. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio”) and world poverty (i.e. Live Aid, Band Aid, We are Stars, Farm Aid, etc).

Furthermore, some Rock artists have a profound spirituality and others inspire people with their performances, their lyrics and their sayings.

In this hub I present my favorite Rock Stars’ Philosophical and Inspirational Quotes.

Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Jerry GArcia
Jerry GArcia
John Lennon
John Lennon
Shane MacGowan
Shane MacGowan
Brian Molko
Brian Molko
Robert Smith
Robert Smith
Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
Tom Waits
Tom Waits

Chuck Berry (1926 - )

American Guitarist, singer and songwriter. One of the pioneers of Rock & Roll Music. Wlaked like a duck.

"I haven't been to church in thirteen years, but I'm better prepared for heaven than most of those that haven't missed a day".

Bono (1960 - )

Irish singer, musician, frontman of rock band U2 and humanitarian.

"The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape".

Nick Cave (1957 - )

Australian musician songwriter, composer and singer, associated with "Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds" and "The Birthday Party".

"It's watching TV constantly that makes dysfunctional people".

Kurt Cobain (1967 - 1994)

American singer and musician, patriarch of grunge music, frontman of Nirvana. Must have been blind, as he married Courtney Love. Love (cupid) is blind indeed (and deaf!).

"To be positive at all times is to ignore all that is important, sacred or valuable. To be negative at all times is to be threatened by ridiculousness and instant discredibility".

Bo Diddley (1928 - 2008)

American R&B guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, also called "The Originator".

"I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob".

Bob Dylan (1941 - )

American singer, songwriter, musician, poet and pop - folk rock icon. Sings with his back facing the audeience.

"The only person you have to think about lying twice to is either yourself or to God. The press isn't either of them. And I just figured they're irrelevant".

Jerry Garcia (1942 - 1995)

American musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter and leader of Grateful Dead.

“Nobody stopped thinking about those psychedelic experiences. Once you’ve been to some of those places, you think, ‘How can I get back there again but make it a little easier on myself?’"

Mick Jagger (1943 - )

Brit rock idol who looks like an old lady and a fish.

"The past is a great place and I don't want to erase it or to regret it, but I don't want to be its prisoner either".

John Lennon (1940 - 1980)

Founding member of The Beatles. Enough said.

"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it".

Shane MacGowan (1957 - )

Irish musician and singer, associated with The Pogues. Shane drinks and drinks a lot!

"I'm just following the Irish tradition of songwriting, the Irish way of life, the human way of life. Cram as much pleasure into life, and rail against the pain you have to suffer as a result. Or scream and rant with the pain, and wait for it to be taken away with beautiful pleasure".

Brian Molko (1972 - )

Belgian songwriter, guitarist and frontman of Placebo. Wears a lot of dresses.

"Rock stars have a tendency to die very young or grow old very slowly".

Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)

Rastafarian Jamaican God of Guitar, associated with the reggae band Bob Marley and The Wailers. He shot the Sheriff but he was Iron like a Lion in Zion.

"I don't have prejudice against myself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don't dip on nobody's side. Me don't dip on the black man's side nor the white man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white".

Jim Morrisson (1943 - 1971)

American poet and singer of The Doors. This is the End...

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free".

Elvis Presley(1935 - 1977)

THE KING!!! The best of the best (although he was eating loads of peanut butter).

"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't going away".

Robert Smith (1959 - )

Brit guitarist and leader of New Wave band The Cure. Writes amazing music for Movies. Used to wear a lot of lipstick.

"The only time I feel genuinely young is when I am going out on stage and I can just forget about the rest of the world".

Eddie Vedder (1964 - )

Frontman of Pearl Jam. Maybe the best voice nowadays.

"It's an art to live with pain.. mix the light into gray".

Tom Waits (1949 - )

American singer, composer and actor. Smokes a lot, drinks a lot.

"Most of the people I admire, they usually smell funny and don't get out much. It's true. Most of them are either dead or not feeling well".


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