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Childhood Divorce Fuels Fire of New Rock

Steve Beard

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Steve Beard writes, "A new generation of rock 'n' roll songwriters have become the chroniclers of an old problem: the effects of divorce and parental abandonment upon children."

Pop star Pink describes her childhood as anything but a celebration on "Missundaztood," her new album. "You fight about money, 'bout me and my brother/And this I come home to, this is my shelter/It ain't easy growin' up in World War III/Never knowin' what love could be, you'll see/I don't want love to destroy me like it has done to my family," she sings in "Family Portrait."

Pink's lyrics touch a raw nerve in a generation that grew up with ringside seats to divorce and abandonment. While their parents were singing songs of protest about foreign wars and civil rights, a new breed of songwriters relates more closely to the combat zone of their homes.

Rock songwriters who experienced divorce at an early age include Creed's Scott Stapp (father left at age 5), Korn's Jonathan Davis (parents divorced at age 3), Linkin Park's Chester Bennington (mother left at age 11), Slipknot's Corey Taylor, and Eminem.

"The anger hurts my ears, been running strong for seven years/Rather than fix the problem they never solve it; it makes no sense at all/I see them every day; we get along so why can't they?" asks Blink 182's Tom DeLonge on "Stay Together for the Kids," found on their latest album.

The normally whimsical Mr. DeLonge wrote the song about the devastation he experienced as an 18-year-old when his parents got divorced. Bandmate Mark Hoppus experienced the same when he was in the third grade..."Is this a damaged generation?" he asks. "Yeah, I'd say so."

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