A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that that the Rock of Ages Soundtrack is filled with many mostly clean '80s classics that they'll recognize from their own teenage days. Expect some fairly suggestive, but not explicit, lyrics in songs like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane." From Joan Jett's iconic "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" to Journey's timeless "Don't Stop Believin'," these songs are a great collection of fun tunes for tweens, teens, and parents.
What's the story?
You name the '80s music icon, and she or he is most likely on the ROCK OF AGES: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK, a collection of 20 tunes from the movie musical, including a bevy of stars like Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, and many more. The musical roster includes Journey, Def Leppard, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, and several others who deliver some of the most recognizable tracks of that era.
Is it any good?
While the original versions of these songs were performed by lots of powerhouse musicians, some of the actors who sing on these covers shouldn't quit their day jobs (we're looking at you, Tom Cruise). That said, it's still a fun listen, with a few of the actors, like Constantine Maroulis (a former American Idol contestant) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (a former musical theater actress in England), giving decent vocal performances.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how contemporary music has changed since the days these songs were released. What differences do you notice? Any similarities?
What lessons can contemporary artists learn from fellow musicians like these who came before them?
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