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An Open Letter to Those Who Were Upset with the Rock Hall Inductees by jason
September 30, 2011, 9:00 am
Filed under: Awards, Open Letter | Tags: ,

Dear those who were upset with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2012,

Why do you care?

I don’t mean this in the Sex Pistols, the awards are a “piss stain” sort of way. I mean really, why does it matter?

Do you think, every time you hear Rod Stewart, “Damn…I’m glad he made it in to the Rock Hall?’

I’ll go one step further…besides when they announce the inductees, do you even think about who’s in the Rock Hall?

Real talk here: I write a music blog. I LOVE music. Also, I live in Cleveland, which, as you know, is “The Birthplace of Rock & Roll” as well as the home of the Rock Hall. I have been to the Rock Hall exactly once. It was fun…I saw a Sgt. Pepper outfit and a television set that Elvis had put a bullet through, proof that that particular urban legend was true. And it is very cool that there is a museum dedicated to Rock Music. So I’m not knocking the idea of such a thing.

However, the inductees aren’t decided by the fans, who really, let’s face it, are the reason for the music. They are the audience. No; the inductees are decided by music journalists, as well as by people with a vested interest in putting on a good show, and, and this is the kicker, label execs. Everyone involved in the process has a bias.

But so what? What does induction really mean? I doubt Red Hot Chilli Peppers started off with the goal of getting into the Rock Hall, especially since it hadn’t been built yet when they formed.

What gets me about all this is that every year, people get butthurt because their favorite band didn’t get in. Every year, I hear “I can’t believe so-and-so was ignored again!!!” Why can’t you believe it? Yo know the selection process is janked, and you know that “grave” omissions are made every year while bands and artists whose nomination is head-scratchingly bizarre get in. You can’t control it, you will forget about it in a month, you’re probably not going to the concert, so why even think about it.

Instead, here’s what I want you to do: go out to a music store and buy the albums from these bands. Go to their concerts. If you have all the albums, and if you can’t make it to the shows (or if they don’t play anymore), let someone borrow your albums. Introduce the next generation to the music. Show them that music comes on discs and not from Limewire or whatever the kids are using these days to get free shit. Because really, a bunch of company people putting your favorite band in a museum isn’t going to help anybody.

-jason

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Hey don’t talk shit about Rod Stewart. His music is decent and you can’t deny that he didn’t life a rockstar life.

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