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Rock Hall Slams Door On Rockers

The Rock Hall of Fame announced its 2011 nominees Tuesday (9/28) and once again, there are artists on and ones left off the list that will mystify and anger plenty of the people that feel the museum should focus on Rock to the exclusion of other genres that influence Rock and that Rock influences.  At the top of the crop of those finally getting their due are Alice Cooper and the J. Geils Band.  Gaining potential instant access (artists become eligible 25 years after their first single or album is released) is Bon Jovi. Other nominees most purists will find worthy and acceptable include The Beastie Boys, Dr. John, Donovan, Tom Waits Joe Tex, Chuck Willis and Darlene Love.  The list of artists plenty will take issue with includes Neil Diamond, LL Cool J, Donna Summer, Chic and Laura Nyro. Notables shut out again - the Moody Blues, Rush, Yes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Cars, the Doobie Brothers and Todd Rundgren. Even recognizing the RHOF has to hold some more worthy artists in reserve to headline future inductions, the idea that Michael Jackson, ABBA and Madonna are among the 92 bands and 605 that got in ahead of Rock artists continues to drag down the Hall's credibility with a good portion of what should be its core audience.


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