Magazine article Newsweek

Life Lessons from Kid Rock (No Hat Required)

Magazine article Newsweek

Life Lessons from Kid Rock (No Hat Required)

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Kid Rock has done a lot of living in his 36 years: a quickie marriage to Pam Anderson, single parenthood, a brawl with Tommy Lee, and now his 11th album, "Rock and Roll Jesus." Some survival tips from the man formerly known as Bob Ritchie:

1On being taken seriously in a tabloid world: I knew what I was getting into with the whole Pam fiasco. Thank God I made my mark, and music, before I got into that s--t storm. I've made certain moves I gotta live with the rest of my life, but I'm not gonna bitch about it. I think I can bring it back to the music now.

2On being a single dad: When he was small, like 5 or 6, he'd hear my music, the word f---, and he'd say, "Ooh, I'm telling Grandma!" I'd say "Go ahead, that's what I do for a living. Those are words of expression -- but don't express them at school, or Grandma's. Then you're in trouble."

3On divorce: I thank God I got out of that. In hindsight, it was the best thing for my son and I that I ever did. …

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