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The 10 Best Film Quotes About Rock 'n Roll

Spinal Tap"...It's got a backbeat you can't lose it..."  Movie makers have tried to capitalize on the rock phenomenon since Bill Haley and the Comets starred in Rock Around the Clock, a film completely inspired by the popularity of the song-of-the-same-name.  Ironically, the song was popularized in the 1955 film, Blackboard Jungle.  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of This is Spinal Tap, the classic faux rockumentary of all time, here are the 10 best film quotes about rock and roll.


Rock n' roll, baby: Freedom of speech.”
Ghost World (2001) – Doug (Dave Sheridan)

“Rock 'n' roll is a lifestyle and a way of thinking.”
Almost Famous (2000) – Jeff Bebe (Jason Lee)

“This is what rock and roll is all about. It's an event as much as it’s music.”
Live Aid (1985) – Sting (himself)

“I needn't mention how essential dreaming is to the character of the rock star.”
Velvet Goldmine (1998) – Mandy Slade (Toni Collette)

Rock 'n' roll by its very nature leads to a breakdown in discipline.”
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – Gene Wolters (William H. Macy)

“Music's the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons away.”
Across the Universe (2007) – JoJo (Martin Luther)

“You know, your clothes may say disco, but your eyes say rock n' roll.”
Detroit Rock City (1999) – Lex (Giuseppe Andrews)

“I got kicked out of university after delivering a brilliant lecture on the aggressive influence of German philosophy on rock and roll entitled "You, Kant, Always Get What You Want".”
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell)

May I start by saying how thrilled we are to have you here. We are such fans of your music and all of your records. I'm not speaking of yours personally, but the whole genre of the rock and roll.”
This is Spinal Tap (1984) – Lieut. Hookstratten (Fred Willard)

“Hey, look, the Monkees. They were a huge influence on the Beatles.”
Dumb and Dumber (1994) – Lloyd (Jim Carrey)

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