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1994 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Band

The Band

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    Eric Clapton (Cream, The Yardbirds)
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Hall of Fame Essay


John Swenson

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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1994
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1994 Inductees The Band

a standard of craft that really didn’t bow down to any kind of commerciality

Eric Clapton

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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