Rock Rule #1
3/20/2013 1:57:00 PM
I thought I might periodically share some of the rules of rock and roll that I have learned, usually the hard way, over the last several decades. My hope is that young musicians and rockers trying to find their way through the nightmare we conservatively call the music business will find some answers to the problems that seem to constantly arise. Just like musical theory, these rules are meant more as guides than as stead fast laws that must be obeyed.. as becomes very obvious with the most important rule in rock and roll – Rock Rule #1.
Rock Rule #1 – Break All The Rules!
Breaking the rules is not only allowed, hell man, it’s encouraged! Break em, bend em, twist em, drop em, piss on em and put them in the microwave, rules were meant to be broken.. especially when it comes to rock and roll.
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. - Thomas A. Edison
If we didn’t break the rules, everything would simply stay the same. Stagnant. Dead. Lifeless. BORING!
By breaking rules we push boundaries, open ourselves to new ideas and adventures, and expand our horizons. The fact that we also get the cool label as a rebel, well, that’s all bonus.
Some rules are simply stupid and absolutely need to be broken. For example, in Connecticut it is illegal to use a white cane unless you are blind. What?! F@&K that law! Go ahead and use a white cane in Connecticut. Get Crazy!
I figured out it was a social thing, what women were allowed to do. At a very young age, I decided I was not going to follow women's rules. - Joan Jett
One of my favorite things about music is its ability, if it so chooses, to point out problems in our society. Thinking the emperor has no clothes is one thing, writing a song about it is totally another, recording that song for distribution and performing it on stage in front of your captive audience is powerful. Many a positive change has been the direct result of a few well broken rules.
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
Yes yes, combine rock with opera, combine country with hip hop, classical with metal, don’t use a bass player, have 3 drummers, only put 4 strings on your guitar, ok that last one might drive me crazy I guess, but go ahead if you have too. Break the Damn Rules!
You are remembered for the rules you break. - Douglas MacArthur
Nobody is going to remember the guy that never broke any rules, always played by the book, and died quietly at the average age of 72. All that guy is gonna end up with is a short paragraph of text in the back of the Chicago Tribune that says he has left behind a loving wife, 2.5 grandkids, and a box of completely accurate tax returns dating back to 1950.
The Beatles grew their hair out when nobody in music would even dare.
Metallica wrote, recorded, and performed music that they thought would NEVER get on the radio.
John Bonham played double bass patterns, with only a single bass drum setup.
Jimi Page played his guitar with a frikkin violin bow.
Jon Lord patched his organ into a Marshall stack guitar amp.
Radiohead left their record label and put their album on the internet for free, asking fans to pay what they thought it was worth. They sold 3 million copies and made more in profit that their previous album with EMI.
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. - Truman Capote
Funny how often these rules of rock and roll pertain to life. Don’t ya think?
Look rules are simply guides. They can be helpful, they can also be stupid. Break them all, sometimes for no reason, and enjoy the chaos that follows. Breaking rules and causing chaos and unrest in the sheep of the world is as rock and roll as it gets.