The Kids Are All Right
March 23, 2005 -- When it comes to talent, these kids are chips off the old rockers.
Many of the 15 rock star offspring that Rolling Stone magazine brought together for a cover portrait for its new issue are bold-faced musical names in their own right.
But whatever path in life they've chosen, they feel a strong emotional bond with each other, they tell the magazine.
When singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose folk singer parents are Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s and played clubs, he met other aspiring musicians including Chris Stills, son of Crosby, Stills and Nash singer-guitarist Stephen Stills, Paul Simon's son Harper, and Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
"We befriended each other," Rufus told Rolling Stone. "I guess because, at the end of the day, we could relate to each other."
Sometimes that's because they still hear the same painful chord.
When actress Nona Gaye, 30, who was 9 when her dad Marvin Gaye was shot to death, first met Sean Lennon, who was only 5 when he lost his father to a bullet, she said, "I felt like I was talking to myself."
"My father was just such a beautiful force in so many people's lives and Sean's father did such similar things," she said. "And now we both have this feeling of, 'I have to carry on this legacy in my own way.'
"And who else knows how I feel? I just had to give him a great big hug and go, 'Oh! Somebody knows!' " the magazine quotes Gaye as saying.
Some rock star kids turn to music as a career because it's in their blood.
"I don't like people to think, 'Maybe they just did music because their daddy did,' " songwriter Otis Redding III, the son of the late legendary soul singer, told the magazine.
"When you're born into music and you love it, it's yours every day, whether you're successful or not," he said.
And some of the kids got the same kind of wonderful gifts from their parents ´” songs in their honor. For Stevie Wonder's daughter, Aisha Morris, there was "Isn't She Lovely"; Harper Simon got "St. Judy's Comet" ´” and Rufus Wainwright received "Rufus is a Tit Man" from his dad.
"It's about me breast-feeding," the magazine quoted Rufus as saying. "I would be five or six years old in the audience, screaming out, 'Sing Rufus Is a Tit Man!' "