Waits, Coop, Dr. John, more in Rock Hall


Tom Waits, Alice
Cooper, Dr. John, Darlene Love, Neil Diamond – now that’s a well balanced
musical diet!


By Fred Mills


While it’s generally a truism that as time marches on the
chances of deserving artists from the ‘50s and ‘60s for getting into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame steadily diminish, this new crop of inductees really does
represent a vital cross-section of rock ‘n’ roll. Yesterday it was announced
that avant-cabaret bawler Tom Waits, theatrical shock-rocker Alice Cooper, ‘60s
pop pioneer (and songwriting legend) Neil Diamond, voodoo-rockin’ hip priest
Dr. John and ‘60s girl-group icon Darlene Love are the official Class of ’11 and
will be inducted next March 14 at the Astoria Hotel in NYC.


A couple of things are interesting about these selections.
One, only Waits could generally be lumped in with what some pundits have
charitably termed “the Jann Wenner mafia” of artists, i.e., Wenner/Rolling Stone approved bands and
performers who have been featured regularly on the RS pages over the years. All
five, of course, have appeared in the magazine, but folks with long memories
know that early on, Alice Cooper was routinely ignored or otherwise subjected
to withering criticism, and Dr. John was always relegated to off-hand or
tangential coverage.


The other thing is that with the exception of Waits, all are
first-time nominees. That’s significant (perhaps).


Other nominees this year were Bon Jovi, LL Cool J, Donna
Summer, the Beastie Boys, J. Geils Band, Chuck Willis, Chic and Joe Tex.


Go to the official Rock Hall website for more details
scheduled to be posted today. Meanwhile, read BLURT’s popular and controversial
dissection/expose on the Rock Hall we published in 2009.



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