Wednesday, September 29, 2010

There is a silver lining, I suppose... Rolling Stone magazine being yet another PR firm for the Democratic Party.

You'll recall my musing in this space before about Rolling Stone's (and publisher Jann Wenner's) cluelessness vis-a-vis rock music and who should be recognized in a Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame worthy of the name. Well, the 2011 nominees were announced this morning -- and it looks like cock-rockers extroadinaire Bon Fucking Jovi, dance music gurus Donna Summer and Chic, and punk-rockers-turned-hip-hoppers the Beastie Boys get nominated this year while the greats of the '70s and '80s still get the finger. (Can anyone explain to me why, for example, Bad Company and Rush are still not in the Hall of Fame? Rush put out some of the most intelligent and thought-provoking music of all time, and their influence on the rock genre and several subgenres is pretty much undeniable. As for Bad Company, they put out some of the most enduring, timeless straight-ahead rock of the decade -- AFTER forming from the ashes of several defunct bands.) And of course, there was that letter, which is pretty self-explanatory...

With as clueless as these people are about American rock music, their declared area of expertise (the Hall of Fame nominating committee consists of -- among others -- Wenner and several current and former RS writers, IIRC, with Wenner exerting substantial influence over who ultimately makes the cut), why should anyone give a shit about what they say about anything else?

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