There is no avoiding confrontation among creatives. Imaginations run strong, and imagined ideas become like children to those who bear them. Kicking it up a notch, there are no greater confrontations than those that are offered by creatives in the music industry, particularly, rock ‘n’ roll. These are often high-octane, drug-fueled individuals who can grow quite surly when they don’t have things their way, and while things rarely come to blows, these dogs like to bark loudly. Here are 10 of the greatest feuds in rock music history.
10. Simon and Garfunkel
They certainly aren’t the Hatfields and McCoys, but Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel don’t always like one another. They loved and enjoyed their early success to lives as millionaires, and the status of a legendary folk-rock duo, but after more than a decade of making music together, they began to grow apart. Both men recorded as solo artists, never able to find the success they enjoyed together, so they tried again for more success as a duo, but then hurt one another’s feelings. Paul’s sarcastic sense of humor didn’t always meld with Art’s desire to be earnest. So, they butted heads. Then made up. Then butted heads. Then made up. Then butted heads… then made up. Now, they’re kind of butting heads again. The last time they played together was in 2010 at New Orleans Jazz Fest.©Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection