“Rock is all about daft theatre. It's not like mainstream pop, which sparkles cheaply and perfectly like a good local panto, or folk and country classics, which summon up the spirit and sadness of dusty novellas. Mainstream rock is something else: a 20th-century twist on Shakespearean madness and excess fed through a Marshall stack. It's about the insane thrill of performance rather than the drudgery of life outside the stadium. It's about acknowledging the distinction between what's real and what's fantasy.”
-- Jude Rogers, “Shock Value”
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