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At the Heart of the Matter

Wednesday, March 17: 10:49 a.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer
Billie Joe Armstrong and Iggy Pop perform at the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Admittedly, working at the museum provides a unique perspective on the induction ceremony. We sometimes will know far in advance who is or isn’t appearing and who may or may not perform. You look at it on paper and the conversation starts. What will this year’s event be like? It’s taken me a long time to come to a conclusion but I think I’ve figured it out. It doesn’t matter if this band member doesn’t come or that artist doesn’t perform. That’s all distraction. What makes each annual ceremony a singular event is the display of real human emotion. That’s all that truly matters. It’s the moment these performers drop the artifice and protection mode they often employ just to survive being in the spotlight, and genuinely reveal themselves. Last night at the Waldorf, Iggy Pop, the most fearsome and uncompromising performer I have ever seen, spoke of the Stooges and his late friend and band mate Ron Asheton, with tears in his eyes. ABBA’s Benny Andersson wistfully remembering buying his first record (Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” / “Treat Me Nice”) and how this new and totally ...


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California Music Month: Celebrating Brian Wilson

Thursday, April 8: 12:17 p.m.
Posted by Cory Frye

In commemoration of California Music Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and K·Swiss pay tribute to the artists, groups, and movements that helped shape its sounds.

It’s hard to imagine California without Brian Wilson. He may not have been the one to put the state on the map, but he did much for our perception of it as a surfer’s mecca under a perpetual summer sun. Back in the ’60s, the Beach Boys’ intricate harmonies vividly evoked an endless paradise. The music they made continues to thrill generations of fans worldwide — even the ones surrounded by land, with nary a beach in sight.

Appropriately, Wilson was born in the summer, on June 20, 1942, in Inglewood, California, the eldest child of Murry and Audree Wilson. He was joined two years later by a brother, Dennis. The growing family then moved seven miles south, to the city of Hawthorne, where final Wilson brother, Carl, arrived in 1946.

Visitors to the house at 3701 West 119th Street would have instantly seen how important music was to the Wilson family. It went way beyond the piano in the living room. Murry was something of a composer himself, although ...


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Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has passed away at age 64

Thursday, April 8: 4:49 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
The Sex Pistols were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2006.

As the guiding force behind the British punk pioneers and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren played a key role in changing the course of rock and roll music. McLaren was an expert at creating over-the-top events that would grab the media’s attention, and he used that expertise to make the Sex Pistols a household name in England. And the band, with its raw, aggressive, minimalist style, put punk rock on the map, popularizing a style of music that was in stark contrast to what had been popular at the time.

Read more about the Sex Pistols, listen to song clips and more on the bands' inductee bio page.


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Little Steven’s Induction of the Hollies

Friday, April 9: 2:57 p.m.
Posted by Little Steven
Little Steven inducted the Hollies into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2010.

The only way to accurately explain how important the Hollies are is to provide a little historical perspective. So I beg your indulgence for a moment for what will seem like a digression but actually isn't.

Don't worry the whole thing's only like ten minutes so it's not bad.

First of all every ten, twenty years, it's probably a good idea to put this night in perspective.

You know, a lot of us in this room have been doing what we do a long time. We can't help it, I guess, if we take it all at least a little bit for granted. Sometimes some of us don't even show up. And we can't help but feel a little disappointed now that the business is pretty much artistically, financially, and spiritually bankrupt. With a few exceptions. And I say a few exceptions so you can pretend you're one of them.

It's temporary probably, a cycle type thing we hope. There's lots of great new bands out there and hopefully we can find a way to create an infrastructure to support them. But we can't help be a little ...


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Happy Birthday, Roy

Friday, April 23: 3:24 p.m.
Posted by Howard Kramer

Every weekend I try to pull out some music to take in the car. (Full disclosure  --  I do not have my collection on an iPod nor do I own one. I don’t object to them, I just haven’t done it yet.) Anyway, I try to pick out things I haven’t heard in a while. Sometimes I close my eyes, drag my fingers along the spines of the CDs and stop randomly. Last weekend I ended up on a copy of The Essential Roy Orbison, the outstanding double CD collection from 2006. As much as I love to discover new music that moves me, I keep going back to the first generation of rock and roll artists. That group of artists will never fail you musically. Roy, in particular, is worth periodic reexamination. His voice, the songwriting, the arrangements and the records themselves are all without parallel.  The arc of his career is completely unique. He starts as a West Texas rocker, like his contemporary Buddy Holly and, along the way, becomes a skilled songwriter. As a performer and recording artist, Roy hit an amazing stride in the early Sixties. The songs from his Monument Records era may ...


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Congratulations to Rock Hall inductee Bonnie Raitt, recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame

Friday, May 7: 3:45 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum would like to congratulate 2000 inductee Bonnie Raitt on her induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Though Bonnie may be best-known for her more mainstream, commercially successful albums like Nick of Time and Luck of the Draw, her music has always been rooted in the blues, and she has been a fervent supporter of the blues. When she began her career in Boston in the late Sixties, she appeared with Howlin’ Wolf, Sippie Wallace and Mississippi Fred McDowell, among others. In the years since, she has played guitar alongside such blues greats as B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker. In 1990, Bonnie and John Lee Hooker shared the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Recording for their work on the song “In the Mood” from Hooker’s album The Healer. And in 2000, she took part in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s American Music Masters tribute to Muddy Waters. Bonnie also co-founded the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and she has gone out of her way to help struggling blues artists with financial assistance and other forms of support. The Blues Hall of ...


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Going to the River

Wednesday, June 30: 3:24 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart

Last week, Dr. Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education here at the Museum, and I traveled to New Orleans to meet with the mythical “Dr. Ike” to discuss this year’s Ponderosa Stomp.  This outrageous series of shows will take place in late September at the House of Blues.  Once again, this line-up is a music lover’s fantasy featuring Hall of Famer, Duane Eddy.  I urge everyone to go to www.ponderosastomp.com and see the incredible list of who will be there.  The Museum is proud of its long sponsorship and involvement with this unique celebration of the “lost history” of this music we call rock and roll.

Ira Padnos, a.k.a. Dr. Ike, is the architect of this extravaganza and is my kind of fanatic.  Towards that end, Lauren and I were lucky enough to cap off an evening listening to some of Ike’s incredibly rare blues 78s in an unparalleled New Orleans environment surrounded by Sam Padnos’ fabulous art (Ira’s wife) and a lot of wacky Mardi Gras paraphernalia.  

I should add that this night started with a wonderful dinner with Hall of Fame Inductee Dave Bartholomew, and his son, Ron.  Like so ...


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Nominations for 2011 Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announced Today

Tuesday, September 28: 10:08 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall

The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 were announced today.  The nominees are:

·    Alice Cooper
·    Beastie Boys
·    Bon Jovi
·    Chic
·    Neil Diamond
·    Donovan
·    Dr. John
·    J. Geils Band
·    LL Cool J
·    Darlene Love
·    Laura Nyro
·    Donna Summer
·    Joe Tex
·    Tom Waits
·    Chuck Willis

Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony. To be eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an act must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2011 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1985.

“We believe our nominating committee has put forth a list of artists that truly represent the wide variety of music that defines rock and roll,” commented Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in December 2010 and the Induction Ceremony will take place on March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City ...


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