“Rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read” (Frank Zappa)

August 8, 2010 at 11:02 (Uncategorized)

After attending a rock/punk/emo concert last night (Billy Talent), I have yet to understand Frank Zappa’s quote of “Rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read”.

My misunderstanding to this is purely because Zappa was completely part of this era, according to Wiki, he was an electric guitarist, film producer, record producer and an American composer.  Through his work he wrote music for jazz, classic and rock – he even wrote the classic song of Freak Out!, which is one of the most famous songs in history.

The reason I can think of for Zappa for saying such a quote was because he believed in Freedom of speech, this was his passion and his belief, to speak what he was thinking and feeling.  Within rock/punk/emo music, actually all genres, freedom of speech is granted… words can be disguised which carry an under tone of feelings from the past, this which many musicians use.

At the Billy Talent concert last night, listening to the singer explaining his creation and reasons behind his music, it proved to be a testament of freedom of speech within music.  I hope music remains this way in the future… full of life, passion, freedom and truth. It’s what we all need.

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2 Comments

  1. Dalene Ingham-Brown said,

    Freedom of speech indeed! Good take on the quote and well done on doing background research on Zappa!

  2. Kerry-Lee Cockrell said,

    Loved the info Steph. Enjoyed the research. Well done!

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