Anyone catch Steve Miller in the news this week? Boy, did he give it to the Rock Hall or what?
I’ve had mixed feelings about the RRHOF ever since they came up with the idea. On one hand, I like the idea of a physical place that exists and houses so much great music memorabilia. Although The Hall is only a few hours down the thruway, I have still never been there. I want to go. When #2 son is out of the house and off to college in August(gulp), I’ll have more time and going to Cleveland to visit the RRHOF is on my list.
On the other hand, it’s music, not sports. Halls of Fame in sports make plenty of sense. There is quantifiable data to determine who gets in. Oh look, Ted Williams played 19 years and put up a batting average of .344 over that span. Safe to say that he belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Music can only be quantified by sales. Sales, as we all know, are not in any way related to quality(see for example, McDonald’s). More importantly to me though is the fact that taste is subjective. I happen to think that Warren Zevon, for example, made unbelievable music and most certainly should be in the RRHOF. You may disagree and think that Madonna is much more deserving. You’re wrong 🙂 but I hope you take my point. It’s subjective. There is no right answer(unless you really think Madonna deserves to be in. In that case you truly are wrong).
One other thing that has bothered me about the RRHOF is that there are so many people in it that were not rock musicians. Why call it a hall of fame for Rock and Roll and and then add in so many Pop and Rap stars? Maybe change the name to, I don’t know, the Popular Music Hall of Fame.
And anotha thing(Bernie voice), I can’t stand the people who run this thing and make the decisions. Anyone reading this who knows me personally has probably thought of me, at one time or another, as a music snob. Guilty as charged. But if you think I’m a music snob, start really digging into Jann Wenner and his Hall crew. Their musical snobbery knows no bounds. Oh well, at least I can look forward to watching the induction ceremony. Oh wait, it’s only on HBO. Music of the people, right? Snobs.