Five Reasons Mister Rogers Was A Rock Star

'Mister Rogers & Me' director makes the case that the late TV star embodied rock and roll.

In 15 years at MTV News, I’ve interviewed some of my biggest rock heroes: Bono, The Edge, Michael Stipe, Neil Young. But it’s a sensitive septuagenarian singing “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” who I count as my most rock and roll hero.

See, Mister Rogers summered in a modest, gray, shake-shingled house on the edge of Nantucket Island. My mother rented the cottage next door. So Mister Rogers — cardigans and Keds, King Friday and all — really was my neighbor.

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