I have never been to it but I think the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is probably the coolest institution ever. I have so much respect for every single artist/band inducted onto that famous list. It is not only the coolest, but it is the most prestigious list for any musician to get onto. To say you have been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is huge! People use this title as a prefix to someone or something great. For example, fellow artandculture member Valerie Gladstone referred to the legend Booker T as “Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones” (http://www.artandculture.com/feature/570) and why not?? Booker T is a legend and deserves such a prestigious title… but would you really call him a Rock ‘n’ Roller? Now I am a huge fan of Booker T. The man’s a genius, but I’d call him a soul genius. I wouldn’t really associate him with Rock ‘n’ Roll so much. Should he be on that list? Am I taking a mere title just bit too literally?
I decided to take a look at the list of Rock ‘n’ Roll inductees to see if there were any other questionable artists on the list. Without a doubt, there are some Rock ‘n’ Roll greats on that list all right. You have Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis… then I went further up the list and the names appeared to veer away from Rock ‘n’ Roll and settle into the more opaque realms of Rock. Well that’s fair enough. I suppose that Rock legends have as much a right to be up there even if they don’t have the added “’n’roll” to their music. I saw names like REM and Bob Dylan…Rock legends, no doubt about it. Then, however, I began to get a little bit confused. Now, I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson, The Supremes and Madonna but I would never associate them with Rock ‘n’ Roll. Is it just me that thinks that it’s wrong for them to be on the list? Why can’t they be on the Pop Hall of Fame or the Motown Hall of Fame? Do such things exist? Maybe I’m being too harsh. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I’d greatly appreciate it!
Check out: http://www.rockhall.com/inductees/inductee-list/