Thursday, September 17, 2009

Little Steven On the Rock Hall

In the October 1, 2009 issue of Rolling Stone, Little Steven Van Zandt, who is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee is asked who should be in the Hall that isn't.

Johnny Burnette and the Rock 'n Roll Trio, arguably the best of all the rockabilly bands, is one. There's dozens and dozens of early rock & roll groups that should be. I notice a bias toward the post-art-form rock critics' sensibility as opposed to the pre-art-form rock & roll sensibility. That's why I had so much difficulty getting the Rascals and the Dave Clark Five in. We'll probably never get Paul Revere and the Raiders in. Anybody who didn't eventually get into Important Personal Lyrics is not regarded seriously. It's very difficutl for me to justify the Talking Heads being in the Hall of Fame before the Hollies, or Michael Jackson being in before Johnny Burnette.
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