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Rock Hall nominees have some shoe-ins, some head-scratchers
September 27, 2011 - Keith Frederick
Question: Should we respect the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? What if we just gave in and called it the Music Hall of Fame?
The Hall was never really "rock" to begin with, after all. It's very first class of inductees, in 1986, included Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and James Brown — all of whom were soul legends who occasionally threw out a rock chord. And in the 25 years since, the I.M. Pei-designed museum has embraced every musical genre — with the notable exception of country.
But in broadening its horizons the rock hall has opened itself up to endless criticism. Some people don't like the recent inclusion of rap pioneers. Some don't like the seeming bias against popular music that didn't strike a chord with music critics. (Rush and Kiss have been noticeably absent the from nomination lists since they became eligible.) Others (read: Me) hate the fact that disco is even acknowledged, let alone disco artists inducted. (ABBA is in a freaking Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?!)
This morning, the Hall announced the 2012 nominations. I'll go through them each and give my opinion on their Hall worthiness. A vote for "worthy" doesn't necessarily mean they should go in this year, however:
Put these men in the Hall of Fame!