President & CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Joel Peresman is sure to hear from disgruntled fans again, as the Rock Hall announces the latest nominees for the induction Class of 2017.
As Peresman puts it, "You get nasty letters, but you love to see the passion people have for their favorite act...how come this one isn't nominated or that one? That passion fuels the process."
Even though the nominating committee dismissed several members last year, the process whereby they put forth nominees and vote and determine whether the artist is elected has not improved at all. It is still a process that gets explained away in pure bullshit fast talk that amounts to nothing. There is no transparency at all in this act, and when you see the list of current nominees you'll realize that everyone involved in the process should be replaced.
Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame members are the ones who should nominate and elect those artists worthy of this honor. The present arrangement only disrespects deserving artists, slights them with omission and ultimately discredits the institution itself.
Joel Peresman oversees the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, and also the induction ceremony. This year, the heinous debacle will take place in New York City, sometime in April, and then televised weeks later.
The fact that they alternate cities for the ceremony and the many artists that they elect, and will continue to elect to the Hall should tell you loud and clear, that the whole bullshit charade is about money.
The list of 2017 nominees is one of the largest put forth to date, and it forgoes worthiness for the sake of diversity.
Joel Peresman and his committees need to relinquish their control over nominating and electing, to the members already in the hall. Until they do, this institution/museum can't be taken seriously.
They elect to the Hall, rappers, hip-hop, R&B, and soul and have elected many artists that most feel do not deserve a place in a Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame, while ignoring some of the greatest of all time, such as The Moody Blues, Foreigner, Steppenwolf, Dire Straits, and most unbelievably Joe Cocker. Instead they decided to nominate Tupac Shakur along with these others...
Bad Brains - Chaka Khan - Chic - Depeche Mode - Electric Light Orchestra - J. Geils Band - Jane's Addiction - Janet Jackson - Joan Baez - Joe Tex - Journey - Kraftwerk - MC5 - Pearl Jam - Steppenwolf - The Cars - The Zombies - Yes...WTH???
I really don't think these guys know what Rock 'N Roll actually is!
After seeing what we have to look forward to, it's a show that I will not be watching. But, then again, seeing the list, tells me more about the marketing strategies and demographics that they are aiming at, and with that, the money they look to make there.
The mistake the Hall makes is that they will do anything to appease would be sponsors and chase the dollar all while ignoring true fans. We can only hope that there will be changes soon , and that deserving artists get the recognition that we the fans, want to give them.
I put forth a number of well deserving artists that get no respect from the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame.
- Connie Francis
- Petula Clark
- Lesley Gore
- Carole King
- Carly Simon
- Pat Benatar
- Tori Amos
- Suzanne Vega
- Mike Oldfield
- Jim Croce
- Harry Chapin
- Gordon Lightfoot
- Peter Frampton
- Joe Walsh
- Joe Cocker
- Bryan Adams
- Sonny & Cher
- The Monkees
- Tommy James & The Shondells
- Moody Blues
- Uriah Heep
- Humble Pie
- The Guess Who
- Three Dog Night
- Blue Oyster Cult
- Bad Company
- The Doobie Brothers
- Dire Straights
- The Cranberries
There are of course even more that could be mentioned here, but the above are ones for sure that deserve some respect.
Share with me in the comments, who you think should be in the Hall.