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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

STEPHON JOHNSON: One thing that irks me, just as much as it irked Kelefa Sanneh, is when music magazines, websites and television shows wrap up a year of music by dubbing it “The Year in Rock” instead of “The Year in Music.” But whenever the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, I am ready to take part in the debate.

DAVE TOMAR: People like Neil Diamond and Donna Summer help to highlight why the Rock Hall is a stupid concept. You find yourself attempting to balance between bands that broke new ground and bands that sold a ton of records. You’ve got Abba and the Sabbath in the same museum. And that’s fine, but it suggests that a certain tier of commercial success validates you artistically. At their current pace and established longevity, Justin Timberlake and Kid Rock are likely to be as worthy as anybody. We should be careful the precedent we set. Continue reading

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