Rock hall of fame snubs Rock n’ Roll

Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become something of a joke. How big a joke depends on how seriously you take your rock.

In: acts like Madonna (shown below getting her man-freak on, or ready for the upcoming Crossfit national championships… or something), Laura Nyro (yes, the Laura Nyro, this go-round, although she did pen Eli’s Comin’), and Abba.

Not in: acts including Deep Purple, Rush, and Kiss.

Madonna and Abba have a ton of great songs, but… are they rock?

While there are eight to a dozen superb Jackson Brown songs (and he’s in), that compares poorly to Steve Miller (who is out).

And consider Heart: no Heart?! Versus Laura Nyro?

Oh,the humanity!

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I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on December 13, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Listen to Laura Nyro’s hard driving piano, and intense vocals on “Beads of sweat” with guest Guitarist Duane Allman, that is Rock. More so than anything Madonna or Abba ever did.

    True, she was not generally a “Rock” performer in the traditional sense, but she is respected by, and influential to many who are. It’s a shame she’s always been the best kept secret in the music industry, because her original recordings have much more Heart, Soul, and yes, even Rock ‘n Roll attitude, than any of the watered down covers the radio pushed. It’s about time she got honored for her own work, and I’m thrilled that she got in the Hall of Fame – she deserves it.

    Don’t worry too much about Heart, Kiss, Rush, and Deep Purple, they WILL be inducted – it’s only a matter of when, not if.

  2. Good take–I did YouTube and listen to Beads of Sweat; very stripped down and reminiscent of Carol King. Thanks, warm regards, and Merry Christmas!

  3. A very merry Christmas, and happy new year to you as well, thanks!

  4. Um, hello? What about Linda Ronstadt?

    She was The Queen of Rock in the 1970s who was the FIRST female solo artist to pack stadiums and was hands down the most successful female star of the 1970s, and whose career as a rock and pop singer has lasted from the late 1960s to today.

    Folk, Country, Country-Rock, Pop-Rock, Rock, New Wave, Big Band, Operetta, Broadway, Mariachi, Salsa, she’s done it all.

    The excuse used against her that she wasn’t a songwriter or covered other songs would exclude more than half of the inductees already in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

    As far as innovation goes, David Bowie and Madonna and Prince and Elvis Costello are all lauded by the critics for changing styles and taking chances. When Linda does it, she’s criticized for being topical, superficial, fickle, dilletantish, and cashing in.

    It’s ridiculous that artists whom I like -U2, the Beastie Boys, The Pretenders, Springsteen, Guns ‘n Roses, et al, who came on the scene years after Ronstadt, are already in the hall, but not her.

    And other artists who are great in their own right but not rock ‘n rollers, like Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Diana Ross and Madonna, are in but Ronstadt isn’t.

    What does Rolling Stone have against female rockers of the 1970s and 1980s? Ronstadt, Heart, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and Stevie Nicks are not in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.

    What’s the problem?

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