Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

It is often said that rock was rebellious at one time. I mainly remember a lot of rebellious posturing. Eventually, it was just another corporate machine. Now, there's a hall of fame.

The hall started by inducting those who deserved to be there. Later, as every year needed an induction ceremony, standards loosened up. Even promoters, whom nobody liked or likes have made it. Still, the idea persists because, "The Hall of Everyone Remotely Associated with Rock Music," would be a tough sell. The categories from "Early Influences," to businesspeople are as endless as the list of inductees.

Consequently, I propose inducting W. H. Auden into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence. Auden wrote poetry. Many lyricists read poetry and think of themselves as poets. Clearly, Auden must have influenced someone who wrote a hit song.

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