Guitars, bass, drums and amp? Check.
Black leather pants and tattoos? Check.
Adorable kitten on your shoulder? Check.
It’s been said that cats are a writer’s best friend. Maybe their personalities fuel creativity, or perhaps there’s something about their mysteriousness and playfulness that soothes the soul. Whatever it is led me to find some photos of musicians with their cats – in all their four-legged cuteness.
Michael Jackson – The King of Pop – is a revolutionary musician. From his role in the Jackson 5 Family Motown group, right through to his solo career and the release of his 1982 Thriller, Michael Jackson was the face of pop music and culture until his death in 2009.
Frontman of grunge-infused rock band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was hailed as the ‘spokesman of a generation’. His band’s raw and rebellious music connected with its fans on an entirely different level and through Cobain, a generation learned that it was ok to be different. Cobain passed away in 1994 at the young age of 27, but left a music legacy behind through Nirvana, a band that helped reclaim the inclusiveness of music.
One of the first white-boy hip-hop groups, Beastie Boys was originally formed as a hardcore underground punk band. From spaced-out fresh funk to trendy rap tracks and laid-back lounge music, Beastie Boys have created a style of music that’s infectious and groundbreaking.
The Beatles are easily one of the most influential rock bands around today. From pop ballads to psychedelic rock, they arrived on the music scene sounding like nothing else. A little rockabilly complete with a dose of charisma that oozes through all their songs, The Beatles – known as the Fab 4 – dominated the twentieth century and brought a modern sound to the 60’s.
Best known as the guitarist for the punk rock band, The Ramones, Johnny Ramone was a man of talent. In 2003, a year before his death, Ramone was crowned number 16 in Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time. Renowned for his incontrollable attitude and concrete-block barr chords, Ramone – along with his band – changed the sound of rock music forever.
One of music’s most iconic soul singers, Etta James connected the gap between rhythm and blues and rock n’ roll. Singing in styles that spanned across a variety of music genres, from gospel to jazz, RnB to soul, Miss James was a dynamic artist that’s earned her place as a music legend. From the 1960’s onwards, she’s impacted on music significantly, easily acknowledged as one of the most influential artists we love and respect today.
Lead singer and guitarist of alternative rock band, the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is a borderline weirdo and musical mastermind. Upgraded from the bass player when theSmashing Pumpkins was first born, Corgan’s music is powerful and emotionally direct. With albums that rocked the nation, from Adore to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness right through to Siamese Dream, the music created by Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins has a naturally magical beauty to it.
American rapper and founder of the Maybach Music Group record label, Rick Ross has collaborated with the likes of Diddy, Usher and Kanye West. Also featuring on the Quentin Taratino film Django Unchained, Rick Ross was named by MTV in 2012 as the hottest MC in the game.
Pete Doherty is famously known as the co-frontman of English rock band The Libertines and founder of Babyshambles (note the kitten’s name below). Musically influenced by the likes of The Smiths, Rage Against the Machine and The Stooges, Doherty is a talented writer and both poetically and artistically inclined.
A woman of many talents, from singing to songwriter and acting, Madonna’s impact on the music industry is unquestionable. In a time when artists were crippled by the music industry’s power, Madonna saw fame by lyrically pushing the boundaries of mainstream pop music. As an artist, Madonna took risks that motivated others to follow in her footsteps, leaving a music legacy that’s stayed strong decades later.
A rock god and a profoundly talented musician, Dave Grohl really is a work of art. Initially gaining recognition as Nirvana’s drummer, Grohl has since founded Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures. Now lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, Grohl is undeniably one of rock n’ rolls biggest music legends to date. In addition to his two bands, Grohl has joined musical forces with Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Slash, The Prodigy, Tenacious D and many more.
Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists in the history of rock n’ roll, Jimi Hendrix was an intense superstar that turned the Stratocaster into musical machine. After recently celebrating his birthday, Hendrix would’ve been 72 today if he hadn’t had died at the young age of 27.
A folk-rock singer/guitarist and influential figure in pop music and culture, Bob Dylan dominated the 60’s with songs that related strongly to social issues like civil rights and war. His music shaped the 60’s and beyond, changed American culture and made teenagers appreciate poetry again.