Tag Archives: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Shocker: Rock Hall inducts terrible bands

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class and–as usual–it’s disappointing. In a year when musical revolutionaries such as Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, Jane’s Addiction, and the MC5 were nominated, we somehow ended up with guilty pleasures Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, and Yes. “Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will … Continue reading Shocker: Rock Hall inducts terrible bands

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for 2010, and before I even start getting indignant again this year, I’m just going to take a breath and let it slide. As my man Sab pointed out last year, “It’s called the Rock and Roll Hall of FAME, not the I’m Punk … Continue reading Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Yawn: 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Shame Nominees Announced

Billboard: Metallica, Run-D.M.C. Up For Rock Hall Induction. Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and the Stooges lead the list of nine acts up for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five will be chosen in January for enshrinement during an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Also on this year’s ballot are … Continue reading Yawn: 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Shame Nominees Announced

Wenner Blackballs Monkees

Peter Tork says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction. “The only person … holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone,” says the former Monkee. The magazine editor “has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep … Continue reading Wenner Blackballs Monkees

Hall of Shame: Stooges Kept Out

R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Finalists who didn’t make the cut included Chic, the Dave Clark Five and the Stooges.” Okay, people should be embarrassed that the Dave Clark Five were even finalists. Talk about also-rans. Jesus, if they’re going … Continue reading Hall of Shame: Stooges Kept Out

Sounds of Silence

Much of the finest poetry written today is published by small presses and seen by no more than a few hundred readers. That American poetry has historically found the sources of its greatest strengths in the self-published (Whitman, Charles Reznikoff) and the obscurely published (early Pound, early Williams, Olson) is an old story. —Paul Auster … Continue reading Sounds of Silence