The Children of Rock 'n' Roll: Stories of 20 Musical Offspring
Let's say your mother or father is a famous singer, songwriter or producer, and you want to be famous, too. In theory, you could use that parent's connections to score a record deal, but you want to do this without any parental advantage. Here's the thing, though: You can't help but have an advantage because it's in the genes. And now that Michael Jackson's 11-year old daughter Paris reportedly want to become a singer, she could do worse than to follow the the careers of these notable musical progeny.
Since Bob Dylan influenced scores of now-famous musicians, you'd think he'd naturally have an impact on his own son. But Jakob has said he is more influenced by REO Speedwagon and the Clash: "We were aware of what my father did for a living, but it wasn't much of a topic around the dinner table." The younger Dylan eventually fronted the Wallflowers, and though the band name didn't capitalize on his lineage, he did have help from producer T-Bone Burnett -- a family friend.
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Taylor had seriously considered becoming a gardener, intentionally trying to avoid a music career. But when your parents are James Taylor and Carly Simon, well, you're just wired to sing. And he happened to be good at it. Born in 1977 -- the peak of his parents' careers -- Ben used to watch cartoons in the studio while his parents recorded in another room. After giving gardening a shot, Ben finally gave in, turning to music in his early 20s. Now he's a pro, just like his sister Sally.
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When she first started getting press,