Rhapsody App for
Rhapsody International, Inc.

by Jim Allen

September 26, 2013


Rock 'n' Roll Street Poets

by Jim Allen  |  September 26, 2013

There was a time when a great divide existed, with introspective singer-songwriters on one side and rough-edged, street-savvy rockers on the other. With some notable exceptions, that gap was seldom bridged until a new kind of hybrid emerged in the first half of the '70s. That era saw the emergence of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Elliott Murphy, a newly solo Lou Reed and Reed's old pal Garland Jeffreys (whose new album, Truth Serum, shows the 70-year-old songsmith still going strong). They represented a new musical breed that had grown up embracing rock 'n' roll but wrote with the kind of lyrical luster mostly associated with the singer-songwriter crowd. In addition to combining rock muscle and literary flair, their songs would often mix gritty, street-level imagery with a touch of the poetic, forging a feel that fed the head and the gut at the same time. Consider this a compendium of rock 'n' roll street poets, one that also includes some of the style's early adopters and outliers, as well as those who have carried the fire forward.

Related Posts


Related Posts


Rhapsody app on your desktop or mobile device.

Listen to the songs you love. Anytime, anywhere.

14 day free trial, then just $9.99/month for Rhapsody Premier. View all plans