Eric Clapton (Cream, The Yardbirds)
Hall of Fame Essay
Few debut albums had such far-reaching impact as The Band’s 1968 release Music From Big Pink. The Band went completely against the grain of the existing pop mainstream to produce some of the most enduring music in history.
The strident political messages and introverted lyric fantasies of psychedelia and the frenzied instrumental soloing of a genre suddenly freed from the strictures of the three-minute single were the dominant tropes of rock style at the time.
a standard of craft that really didn’t bow down to any kind of commerciality
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