June 17, 2021

The Romance of Rock

The Romance of Rock

Music romances and seduces listeners, sometimes gently and sometimes with a rough, dirty, driving, relentless hot beat. That kind of romance rocks, and its rockstars are sex on legs.

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"Energy" by Scott Holmes Music & "Unashamed Ballad" by Learning Music, used with a Creative Commons license from freemusicarchive.org

Pink is one of the biggest badasses in rock. Her video for So Whatis classic. The concert documentary Pink: All I Know So Far follows her & her family on a European tour ending with 2 sold-out shows at Wembley. 

I always call this Marshall Crenshaw album Flag Day, but it's Field Day. Whenever You're On My Mind is one of my favorite songs. Cutie.

Rockstar Romances:

Goodreads has excellent round-ups of romances featuring male & female rockers.

The VIP series by Kristen Callihan follows a hit band that's survived rockstar drama as family. It's full of charismatic characters, rich details and some of the hottest romantic scenes I've ever read.

Bad Habit  is a series about a band of the same name by J.T. Geissinger. Make Me Sin is about their aloof, hostile drummer who falls in love with a sweet florist. Incredible story.

The trilogy Dirtshine by Roxie Noir follows members of the band Dirtshine as they handle recovery, fame, stardom, & falling in love in/out of the industry. Loved these stories.


I first heard about New York's CBGB club when it was mentioned in the Talking Heads song Life During Wartime. Apparently CBGB the movie isn't completely accurate but it's a fascinating history of the tiny dive where many groundbreaking acts got their start.

The Dirt is a movie based on the memoir by Motley Crue.

The Runaways is a biopic about how the iconic all-girl band, led by Joan Jett, was formed in the 70s.

Remember when Arnel Pineda replaced Steve Perry as the lead singer of Journey? The movie Rock Star follows a singer with a similar chance to achieve rock-n-roll dreams.

Bohemian Rhapsody brings Freddie Mercury & Queen's history to life.

Almost Famous is the story of a 70s teen wannabe gonzo music journalist suddenly immersed in rock life on the road. 

If we're talking about rock, we have to talk about the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.