Are you ready, music fans? Here are your 2011 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame nominees: Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, the J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits, and Chuck Willis. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Yeah, so are we.
Don’t get us wrong: Tom Waits had better get in, no contest, and while Alice Cooper may be a glorified novelty act, he’s certainly been influential. It’s especially nice to see the late Laura Nyro, an under-appreciated contemporary of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, get some well-deserved recognition. The Beastie Boys, Dr. John, Donna Summer, and LL Cool J are unquestionably legends… but they also aren’t rock musicians. Joe Tex, Darlene Love, and Chuck Willis, if not household names, are at least important historically. And then we’ve got Bon Jovi, Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, and the J. Geils Band. Uh, Rock Hall selection committee, are you guys running out of rock stars?
The above is from Judy Berman at Flavorwire. First off, Judes, Laura Nyro is not, NOT, a contemporary of Joan Baez's. The two women have nothing in common musically. Judy becomes the folk goddess with the guitar singing other people's songs by 1960. Joni was a contemporary of Laura's. Both women emerge in the late sixties. Laura played at Monterey Pop. (She did not bomb. Michelle Phillips and Lou Adler long ago disproved that misconception.) Darlene Love comes between Joan's phase and Laura Nyro's emergence. Laura was a fan of Love's, of Motown, of the Phil Spector sound, etc. She played the piano. Like Joni, she wrote her own songs. She wrote many hit songs. Barbra Streisand had a hit with "Stoney End," the Fifth Dimension with "Wedding Bell Blues," "He's A Runner," "Stoned Soul Picnic" and others, Three Dog Night with "Eli's Coming" and Blood, Sweat & Tears with "And When I Die . . ."
Laura was an album artist. Eli & The Thirteenth Confession is considered her classic. She had a strong following and then she did an album of covers (with Labelle) and then ended up walking away. After she'd had a son, she'd return from time to time and, before she died of cancer, she was on a career high in my opinion -- one that began with her Live At The Bottom Line album. Among the women who've come after who cite her as an influence are Rickie Lee Jones, Roseanne Cash, Todd Rundgren, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Barry Manilow, Melissa Manchester and many more.
Judy Berman, did you not notice that there are 8 solo males and only 3 women?
Now granted, 3 in one year, for RRHF, that's Olympian but it's still not good enough.
Where's Cher? They're inducting LL Cool J. He emerges in the 80s.
Where the hell is Cher?
Hitting the charts every decade since the sixties. And where is she, Judy?
She's not 'rock' enough for you? And "Goin' Back to Cali" was a rock song? Neil Diamond was a rocker? The Beastie Boys are rockers? Joe Tex is a rocker?
And let's leave the 60s. Let's move to the 70s. Where's Carly Simon? Where's Linda Ronstadt? Where's Chaka Khan? Where's Diana Ross? (As I've documented many times before, Diana's in as part of the Supremes and Tina's in via Ike & Tina but the Beatles are in the Hall and John and Paul and George were inducted individually on top of that, they are far from alone.) Where's Robert Flack?
And if we can put in Bon Jovi and LL Cool J, then where are the Go-Gos and the Bangles? Where is Heart? Where is Stevie Nicks? Pat Benatar?
And why is Carole King only in the Hall as a non-performer (she and Gerry Goffin were inducted in 1990 for songwriting).
Why is Judy Berman applauding this crap?
I'm going to quote from my September review of Cher's sixties work:To review the artists who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is to find a very small list of women. In fact, solo female artists? Only 11 women have been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You might think Tina Turner or Diana Ross are in but you'd be wrong. They're in there as part of groups. Not as solo artists. George Harrison, Paul Simon, John Lennon and other men are inducted as group members and as solo artists. And there are over 70 male solo artist inductees. But there are only 11 women inducted as solo artists.
Over 70 men and only 11 women. And this year they nominate 3 women and 8 men. And Judy Berman's okay with that?
That's why the RRHF keeps getting away with this crap.