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

Frank Zappa

The most outrageously funny quotation that I know of was spoken by the musician Frank Zappa:

“Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”

Firstly, let’s break down the quote of Frank Zappa:

–          The rock journalists are people who can’t write

–          They are interviewing their type of rock people, who can’t talk

–          For their type of rock target audience who can’t read.

I was really grabbed by this quote of Frank Zappa, and I guess this quote can also have many different meanings. There are so much different types of music such as classic, jazz, country, Afrikaans, rock, metal, opera, etc. Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Music speaks to the soul and what is a soul without music?

All most everyone can listen to music, but music also has its own language and not everyone can understand or read the music language. If you cannot understand the language, then you cannot translate it and therefore cannot write about it, talked about it or read about it.

Music is powerful, and only a few people are born to understand music – especially rock music. Yes, most or some rockers drink, smoke and do drugs. They use foul language, even in their music and they have sex with their groupies in the back of their vans … but they make excellent music and even became legends of the time.

Rock music is different to other music and thus Rock Star interviews should be different to normal or sophisticated interviews. Rock Stars understand Rock Journalist who understands Rock Audiences! But if you want to become a Rock Journalist who want to try and interview people who can’t talk to be able to write to people who can’t read … then read the following written by Mithilaum in 2008 – the’ Ten Commandments of Rock Journalism’. This can be useful tips.

1.       Know your music

2.       Know your metal

3.       Be open to all forms of metal

4.       It is not just the riff

5.       Listen/Watch/Read before you write

6.       Have your say

7.       Be You

8.       Prepared to be hammered and hammer back

9.       Go against the rules

10.     Just be Metal

Rock Music definitely rock in it’s own way!

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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