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2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Roxy Music Performing Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Roxy Music

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  • Year:
    2019
  • Inducted by:
    John Taylor & Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2019

Jim Farber

In what universe does the story of Roxy Music make sense? They began with a sound fired by cacophonous outbursts and wild affectations, only to evolve into one of the most finely controlled and heartfelt bands of all time.

On the one hand, they lampooned glamour, romance, and style, while on the other epitomizing their highest expressions. And while they drew on common genres – including glam, free jazz, and art rock – they suffered none of their clichés. Oh, and somewhere along the way, they made oboe solos a thing

Roxy Music performing at the 2019 Induction Ceremony

a psychedelic Sinatra crooning pop-art poetry over driving drums

Duran Duran

Photography: Getty/WireImage

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