“I’m in love with my car, got a feel for my automobile…” – QUEEN
Car culture and rock ‘n’ roll have grown and evolved in such parallel ways that they’ve become two sides of the same coin. Though the automobile obviously predates rock music by over half a century, car culture as we recognize it in America was really born in the post-WWII Baby Boom. The newfound prosperity, unprecedented leisure time and rise of the teenager as a consumer force inspired some of Detroit’s most iconic creations – and it also inspired a new art form called Rock ‘n’ Roll (it’s no coincidence that the first acknowledged rock ‘n’ roll song – Jackie Brenston’s 1951 hit “Rocket 88” – celebrates the virtues of the then-new Oldsmobile 88). In the years that followed, cars have proven among the most enduring of muses for rock songwriters.