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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:01

Rock Hall Class of 2020; My Follow-Up

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Today's announcement of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2020 is bound to create some discussion, most of which will not be positive. They are: The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, T.Rex, Nine Inch Nails, and The Notorious B.I.G. Personally, I was surprised that of that group, only the Doobie Brothers also appeared among the top five fan favorite votes. The complaining will last a week or so, then resume around the time the inductions are held in Cleveland on May 2nd, then come back next fall when the 2021 nominees are announced. Most often heard is, "why Band X before Band Y?" I'd suggest we cannot look at this chronologically. Chronology only comes into play for inductee consideration. All noms must have put out something 25 years before they can be considered. Another complaint is, "that's not rock and roll!" Again I'd suggest "rock & roll" is a feeling and every genre of music can be somebody's "rock & roll." Is it marketing to get a wider swath of people into the brick & mortar along the lakefront? Perhaps but that's not a bad thing. So there you have it, my humble opinion which I've shared here before. Looking back to my blog of October 15, 2019 when the nominees were announced, five of my predictions made into the class of six.
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