January 20, 2009 by esarsea
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established in 1983. The mission statement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reads as follows:
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
In 1986, the foundation began inducting members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Earlier this month the foundation announced the Class of 2009 Inductees, the 24th group of members to be awarded this honor.
According to the Hall of Fame,
Leaders in the music industry joined together in 1983 to establish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. One of the foundation’s many functions it to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impct on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.
The common thread contained in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s mission statement – and their stated induction criteria – is the rock and roll genre. It’s not the Pop Music Hall of Fame, or the Rap Hall of Fame, or the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. It’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Maybe someone can explain to my why Madonna, The O’Jays, Chet Atkins, Earth, Wind and Fire, Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Bob Marley, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Carl Perkins, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and now Run DMC are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? (Click here for a complete list of inductees, 1986 to present).
Or maybe someone can explain to me why Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Grand Funk, Genesis, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Kiss, BTO, Judas Priest, Free, Bad Company, Heart, Montrose, Yes, Motorhead, Steve Miller, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy and countless others are not? (Thanks to Dr. Clueful’s website for a comprehensive listing of overlooked artists).
Madonna over Deep Purple? Run DMC over Alice Cooper? It’s not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame.