Rock and Roll Hall of Shame


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.

9 thoughts on “Rock and Roll Hall of Shame

  1. Bill says:

    This from Wikipedia:

    The main criticism is that the nomination process is controlled by a few individuals who are not even musicians, such as founder Jann Wenner, former foundation director Suzan Evans, and writer Dave Marsh, reflecting their tastes rather than the views of the rock world as a whole.

    A former member of the nominations board once said:

    “At one point Suzan Evans lamented the choices being made because there weren’t enough big names that would sell tickets to the dinner. That was quickly remedied by dropping one of the doo-wop groups being considered in favor of a ‘name’ artist … I saw how certain pioneering artists of the 50s and early 60s were shunned because there needed to be more name power on the list, resulting in 70s superstars getting in before the people who made it possible for them. Some of those pioneers still aren’t in today.”

  2. Stu says:

    Thanks for the info. Wikipedia rocks. I find myself referring to it more and more as my 1st stop when looking for information.

  3. Jane says:

    I wish i could explain but i got nothing! interesting to learn more about this though.

  4. rsr348 says:

    Nicely written rant. I’ve often wondered about some of the inductees myself. How nice to find out the choices are driven by marketing factors, as are so many things in our society. Then there’s the fuzzy lines of music genre to add to the argument. I think they ought to re-evaluate their system–perhaps let the public vote, or have a board of accomplished musicians.

  5. Da Goddess says:

    Jann Wenner made this his Hall of Faves long ago.

    No one inducted makes sense anymore.

    Back before the RRHOF even opened, I had been told things were quickly falling apart because of some of the people involved and how they were lobbying to get the bands they wanted in there regardless of how they fit into the overall theme of the museum. (My aunt was very tight with someone who worked there)

    What I was told has proven true over time. I fail to get riled anymore because it happens every single damn year.

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  7. Da Goddess says:

    Nice to see you getting spammed by Rockstar already.

  8. esarsea says:

    Yeah, it’s spam but I actually enjoyed several of the videos on his blog so I left it alone. If it becomes problematic I’ll delete him…

  9. Bill says:

    Aw, hell…and I thought we attracted some new blogger named “Rockstar.”

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