Ok, I think we can all pretty much agree that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a joke. Or, that the people in charge of picking the bands that go into the hall are out of touch -- maybe that's more accurate. At any rate, I try not to think about the rock hall much anymore. After all, only "hipster" bands get in - I mean, any hall with the word "rock" in the title that doesn't induct Alice Cooper or KISS just seems a little nutty to me. All that said, I can accept and embrace the fact that artists from other genres are in the hall. I believe pop and rap artists have their place there. Sure, it should probably be called the "music hall of fame" but why pick? My real issue lies with the fact that the powers that be - perhaps mainly Jann Wenner, creator of Rolling Stone
and major force behind the hall - wants to change the induction criteria.
Right now, a band (or solo artist) must have been in the business at least 25 years since their first record release. Now, there's word that the charter may change to 20 years. Why? So bands like Guns n' Roses and Nirvana can get in sooner. For what it's worth, BOTH those bands deserve a spot in the hall, but they can wait their due time - especially since there's so many bands that have already met the current charter and have been passed over (and over and over...)
So, what do you think? Is this a sad cop-out or a good idea?