Friday, March 17, 2006

Why Burt Bacharach Isn't In the RRHOF

It wasn't until I read Ken Emerson's Always Magic In The Air, that I realized that Burt Bacharach didn't care for Rock 'n' Roll when it sprang to popularity in the 50's. Emerson mentions a couple of times how Bacharach had no love for the genre. I bring this up because I believe that Bacharach belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his songwriting. If leaving out people because they don't like Rock music were a given, then why induct Nat "King" Cole who once did a song called, "Mr. King Don't Rock 'n' Roll". There's no argument that Frank Sinatra and Burt Bacharach, 2 people who've professed their dislike for Rock, have been influential to Rock musicians. Bacharach has teamed with Elvis Costello, so maybe he's not quite the square he was in the 60's. As far as Emerson's book is concerned, it touches on a genre (60's Pop and pure Pop from the Brill Building) that churned out great stuff. It's best when it hits upon the pre-Beatles Pop that was dismissed and still gets dissed by Rock historians. Like Simon Reynolds' Rip It Up, which also touches on an overlooked era (late 70's post punk), it's a much needed revisionism.
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