Rock and Roll Is Dead

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"Rock and Roll Is Dead"
Lenny Rock Dead.jpg
Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album Circus
B-side "Confused"
"Another Life"
"Is It Me, Is It You?"
Released July 26, 1995
Format CD single, maxi single
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:24
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Lenny Kravitz
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"Is There Any Love in Your Heart"
(1994)
"Rock and Roll Is Dead"
(1995)
"Can't Get You Off My Mind"
(1995)
"Is There Any Love in Your Heart"
(1994)
"Rock and Roll Is Dead"
(1995)
"Can't Get You Off My Mind"
(1995)

"Rock and Roll Is Dead" is the first single released from the 1995 Lenny Kravitz album Circus.

Song information

"Rock and Roll Is Dead" is an uptempo rock song.

Kravitz on the meaning of "Rock and Roll Is Dead":

The same year that "Rock and Roll Is Dead" was released, Prince released a B-side called "Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis)" for the single "Gold" from The Gold Experience album.

The song was covered by Mitsuki Aira on her debut album Copy.

Following its release, other artists have released songs of similar titles criticizing the demise of specific musical genres led by reckless artists, namely Marilyn Manson's 1999 "Rock Is Dead" and Nas' 2006 album and single Hip Hop Is Dead.

However, a song with same title in Russian ("Рок-н-ролл мёртв") was issued on 1982 album Radio Africa by Aquarium.

Chart performance

The song reached #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video

The music video for "Rock and Roll Is Dead" was storyboarded by Andrew Trovaioli and directed by Ruven Afanador. The video shows Kravitz performing the song with his band, as well as Kravitz with visual artistic related backgrounds.

Track listing

  1. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" – 3:22
  2. "Another Life" – 3:59
  3. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Live performance) – 4:00
  • Another version
  1. "Rock and Roll Is Dead" – 3:22
  2. "Another Life" – 3:59
  3. "Confused" - 6:51
  4. "Is it me is it you?" - 3:51

Awards

Kravitz was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for this song in 1996, becoming Kravitz's third nomination in the mentioned category.

External links

  • Lenny Kravitz official site
  • Official Video on Youtube
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