Rock 'n' Roll with Me

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"Rock 'n' Roll With Me"
Single by David Bowie
from the album David Live
B-side "Panic in Detroit"
Released September 1974 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded Philadelphia, 14 July 1974
Genre Rock
Length 4:15
Label RCA
PB 10105 (US)
Producer(s) Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"Knock on Wood"
(1974 - UK)
"Rock 'n' Roll with Me"
(1974 - US)
"Young Americans"
Diamond Dogs track listing
"Rebel Rebel"
"Rock 'n' Roll With Me"
"We Are the Dead"

"Rock 'n' Roll With Me" is a song written by David Bowie and Warren Peace that first appeared on the Bowie's Diamond Dogs album in April 1974, supposedly to address the artist's complex relation with his fans.[1] A version recorded during the Diamond Dogs tour the same year was released on the album David Live.

While the song "Knock on Wood" from David Live was issued as a single in the UK, "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" was chosen for release as the US single in response to Donovan's recent cover version.[2] The B-side in each case was another live recording from the Diamond Dogs tour, "Panic in Detroit", originally from Aladdin Sane (1973).

Like "Rebel Rebel", the lead single from Diamond Dogs, "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" was conceived as part of a never-produced Ziggy Stardust musical in 1973.[3] It has been described as "one of Bowie's least self-conscious love songs" and a foretaste of the R&B balladry on Young Americans (1975).[4]


The song was composed at Bowie's house located on Oakley Street, London, after Warren Peace (Geoff MacCormack) started playing chords on his piano. Bowie and Peace were inspired by Fats Domino and Little Richard, two rhythm and blues musicians they were listening to in their childhood.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" (lyrics by David Bowie; music by Bowie, Warren Peace) – 4:15
  2. "Panic in Detroit" (Bowie) – 5:41

Production credits[edit]

Live versions[edit]

  • The same version released on single and David Live also appeared on the Dutch release Rock Concert. Another live recording from the 1974 tour was released on the semi-legal album A Portrait in Flesh.

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Robert Hilburn (1971). "Bowie Finds His Voice", Melody Maker.
  2. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: pp.175-175
  3. ^ David Buckley (1999) Strange Fascination - David Bowie: The Definitive Story: p.140
  4. ^ Roy Carr & Charles Shaar Murray (1981). Bowie: An Illustrated Record: p.62
  5. ^ John Robinson (2014). "The Story of Diamond Dogs: Ziggy's last stand and the Dame's crazy year of 1974", Uncut.

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