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Being a rock star is one career many people, both young and old, admire. There is a perception people hold concerning rock stars, some of which are true and are false. Rock stars love challenges because they consider life itself to be a big challenge; life without them would be very boring. Secondly, most rock stars write and sing their own music. This is the reason most rock music is very inspiring—it’s full of emotion. Besides, rock music is different when sung by different artists as compared to other genres of music that use the same instruments, have the same beats and end up sounding similar. Music fans appreciate the uniqueness in rock songs and the artist’s style. Rock music provides the chance for an artist to present his or her one-of-a-kind style. This article examines the lives and careers of some of the rock stars who started their music careers in their thirties.
Leonard Norman Cohen
Cohen was born in September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Montreal, Canada. Besides a rock musician, Cohen is also a songwriter and poet. He decided to venture into music in 1967, at the age of 33, after realizing that he had failed as a poet and novelist. His first album was “Songs of Leonard Cohen” followed by “Songs from a Room” two years later.
Upon noticing that his two albums had become a success, Cohen organized tours for the first time in the United States, Canada and many parts of Europe. He also made an appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival, which takes place every year in Wight, England. The festival attracts many successful musicians from around the world. The attendance and performance at such events exposed Cohen even more and helped market his music abroad. Cohen also began collaborating with John Lissauer in 1974. The collaboration led to improved sound quality in Cohen’s music that earned him praise even from his critics. They together performed short series of shows in Canada and the US, in 1975 with a new band. Cohen and Lissauer also included songs from their new, co-written album “Songs for Rebecca” in the US-Canada tour. Cohen’s music tours and performances continued to improve through the 80s, 90s, and after 2000. The names and composition of his band were changed several times. The latest of Cohen’s tours was in Europe on 12 August 2013 dubbed “In support of Old Ideas”.
Black was born on 26th August, 1938 in Essex England. He was a drummer and one of the founder members of punk rock. Unlike Cohen, who had failed in his earlier careers, Black was a successful business, owning alcohol licenses, brewing equipment companies and a fleet of ice cream vans early in his life. Black decided to venture into music in 1974 at the age of 36, after meeting Hugh Cornwell of the Johnny Sox band. During his career as a musician, Black learned of the practical limitations inherent to his type of music and designed the “Jet Black Power Bass Drum Pedal’, therefore bringing new freedom to and technical feasibility to drummers. He remained with “The Stranglers” together with Cohen throughout his musical career. However, in 2007 Black’s health began to deteriorate greatly affecting his career. It is for this reason that he was missing from virtually all Stranglers concerts in 2008. Poor health conditions still hinder Blacks performance and success to date. He managed to perform a couple of times in 2013 and made appearances during Ruby Anniversary early this year.
Waylon Arnold Jennings
Jennings was a country rock musician was born on 15th June, 1937 in Littlefield Texas, USA. Although Jennings started playing the quarter at a tender age of eight, his success in music took longer to be achieved. It was until the 1975, at the age of 38 when he joined the Outlaw Movement and the release of his albums, “Honky Tonk Heroes”, “Lonesome, Onry and Mean” that Jennings music was eventually noticed. These albums were followed the following year by the release of “The Outlaws”, “Wanted”, and Willie Nelson among others. Like many rock musicians Jennings career was ruined in the 1980s by his drug addiction. Although he later quit drugs and even released new albums such as “Will the Wolf survive” his music did not gain the popularity it did in the 1970s. The number of tours he made locally and abroad reduced significantly. He chose to spend more time with his family as a result of the health problems. He died on 13th February, 2002 from diabetic complications. He was posthumously awarded the Cliff Stone Award in 2007 for his exemplary music.