Why The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Joke
When the Grammy awards aired on TV, I enjoyed the music and performances for the most part, the actual awarding of winners got on my nerves. It was only afterwards that I saw I wasn’t the only one irked by the voters choices, as all over the Internet people were compiling lists of great artists who haven’t won a Grammy or who won less than some ridiculous winners. (Like this)
As a music fan, of eclectic taste, I have always felt the same injustice whenever the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards are awarded. These are a real joke, based on the personal whims of one Jann Wenner. He is a known ego-maniac who prohibits groups and artists from the Hall of Fame based on his personal opinion or experience with them. Take a look at who is NOT in the Hall of Fame for example:
The Moody Blues
Bachman Turner Overdrive
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Steve Miller Band
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The E Street Band (Bruce Springsteen is in, but not his bandmates)
Electric Light Orchestra
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Don Henley (in with the Eagles, not as a solo artist)
Stevie Nicks (in with Fleetwood Mac, not as a solo artist)
Jimmy Page (in with Led Zeppelin, not as a solo artist)
Robert Plant (in with Led Zeppelin, not as a solo artist)
Sting (in with the Police, not as a solo artist)
Who IS IN
The Dells – one hit wonder, maybe two
Bobby Blue Band
The Blue Caps
The Famous Flames
The Small Faces
And so many more that obviously many of us have never even heard of.
People always make a big deal out of winners – even if the selection is completely arbitrary or bogus like this award.
In particular, the Moody Blues made some of the most beautiful music of the 70’s and beyond – I personally boycott the R&R Hall of Fame for that alone.
And when asked about the Monkees, Wenner sneers, yet many groups who did not write or play their own music are in it. See list above. So it is all political and based on the whims, tastes, and personality of one man.
I love music so I can’t let who wins awards affect my musical tastes. Let’s hear from you – what do you think?
Addendum: Friend and reader Fred Lavner told me the Dells were very influential and it is often the case where a group’s influence on others gets them in. It is STILL ridiculous. I mean, come on The Moody Blues? Dire Straits? Jethro Tull? The Monkees? I should start a Pop Hall of Fame!