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So my newfound love for vinyl has allowed many new and interesting conversations with friends, readers and fellow music lovers. I’ve been on a quest to acquire albums from my youth, on vinyl. What I wouldn’t give to have some of those from the ’80s I used to have. Who knew vinyl would come back like this?
Over the weekend, I encountered a music store with a lot of used albums, many in pristine condition. It was fun filing through multiple rows of oldies-but-goodies.
Conversations with other record-browsers proved almost as interesting. I’ve been amazed over the years at how closed-minded people are when it comes to music, especially regarding artists in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a touchy subject. Everybody seems to have an idea what rock ‘n’ roll truly is. That’s OK, but, tastes, trends and styles change. There is no style or sound that defines the genre.
This got my gears turning. All I could think about were some of my favorites from my time and why they should be in The Hall.
If you’ve never visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, you might not understand. I have visited and it’s clear to see every artist has the potential to shape the musical landscape. History has shown that to be true from the moment Elvis Presley entered the picture. I think Ice Cube stated it best when N.W.A. was inducted in 2016.
“Rock & Roll is not an instrument: rock & roll is not even a style of music. Rock & roll is a spirit. It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock & roll, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit. Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life,” he said.
To be nominated and inducted, artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. In addition to demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.
Keep in mind, this means artists eligible now, like Mariah Carey. She is highly worthy of inclusion.
Throughout the coming year, I plan to highlight several artists who I believe are worthy of induction into the Rock Hall and make a case for why.
It amazes me that artists like REO Speedwagon, Boston, Olivia Newton-John, Lionel Richie (solo), Phil Collins (solo), Toto and Huey Lewis & The News are not already in. And what about Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams, Kool & The Gang, The Go-Go’s, Kenny Loggins, George Michael, Guns N’ Roses, Foreigner, Dire Straits, Duran Duran, Tears For Fears, INXS, Eurythmics and Culture Club?
Who would you like to see inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Shoot me an email and I’ll add them to my list. Perhaps you’ll see them featured this year in The Farr Side.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Michigan, Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Taft Midway Driller: The Farr Side column: Who’s worthy of Rock Hall?