Clint Eastwood Once Said He ‘Never Got Drawn Into Rock & Roll Generation’: Here’s Why

by Kati Kuuseoks

Clint Eastwood shocked fans when his net worth was revealed to be over $375 million dollars. Perhaps equally as shocking comes Eastwood’s own words about Rock & Roll. Playing some of the grittiest Western characters of all time, it would seem like Rock & Roll and Clint Eastwood should go together like peanut butter and jelly– or peanut butter, bananas, and bacon for some. However, in talking to Rolling Stone, Clint Eastwood admits this is not the case.

Clint Eastwood: Missed It By That Much

Jazz is a theme that has permeated Clint Eastwood’s life for as long as he can remember. The star was so enamored with the genre, in fact, that he actually went to start his own jazz label through Warner Bros. called “Malpaso Records.” His other jazz pursuits have included composing tracks for The Bridges of Madison County, and directing the 1988 Charlie Parker biopic, Bird.

When asked about possible Rock & Roll influences, Eastwood provided Rolling Stone with a lengthy quote:

“I’ve loved a lot of rhythm & blues and some rock & roll. When you go back and listen to the music of the ’60s, some of it is quite good. But I must say I never got drawn into the rock & roll generation. I just kind of missed it, growing up in the ’40s. For me, it was big band and bebop. In the ’60s I sort of skipped by rock. It didn’t musically inspire me a lot. But I love rhythm & blues, which is sort of the inspiration for rock & roll. To me, rock & roll seemed like sort of a white version of rhythm & blues.”

His Stance on Country

With the recent revival of some of Clint Eastwood’s greatest Western works on Netflix, his stance on Country music also seems like it would be a no-brainer. If it has two webbed feet and quacks occasionally, it’s a duck right? Maybe not. In the same Rolling Stones interview as mentioned previously, Eastwood talks about a somewhat estranged relationship with country.

“I never was a mainstream-country-music listener growing up, but I did see Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and a few others. But I really like country music when it’s done well.”

This comes as a surprise considering the star has actively contributed so much to the country scene. He talked about one particularly successful project:

“I did one with Merle Haggard, which actually got to No. 1 on the country charts — a thing called ‘Bar Room Buddies.’ I’ve done a few. I even got to do a duet with Ray Charles.”

Friends in High Places

Over the years, Eastwood has made some friends in some seriously high places, giving the media hoards of content from their interactions of epic proportions. His career legacy has also allowed Clint to casually name-drop some of Hollywood’s greatest elite. Who else can use Elvis and Bon Jovi in the same sentence this way?

“I knew Elvis. Back during the days of doing Rawhide, we worked on the next stage over from one another. He used to come over and do fast draws and stuff like that. And later on, I’ve run into people like Bon Jovi who tell me they’ve followed my stuff.”

We’re looking forward to many more years of the man, the myth, the legend himself: Mr. Clint Eastwood.