Simon Richter argues that Johann Gottfried Herder is the "father of rock and roll." in an essay in a new anthology called Rammstein on Fire: New Perspectives on the Music and Performances, edited by John T. Littlejohn and Michael T. Putnam. Many have noted that "Rosenrot" is an adaptation of Goethe's "Heidenröslein." But the situation is much more complicated than that. The music, lyrics and video of "Rosenrot" amount to an ironic homage to Herder. Check out the book and the video.
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