The Eagles were inducted into the R&R HOF in 1998… why hasn’t Gram Parsons been inducted?
At this point, musicians should consider it an honor to NOT be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What self-respecting rocker wants to share the same status as James Taylor and ABBA? Nothing against either of those artists, but the only time “Rock & Roll” and “James Taylor” should ever be mentioned in the same sentence is something along the lines of, “I wonder what James Taylor’s music would sound like if he played Rock & Roll?”
I’d like to see Parsons inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, though – the induction ceremony would probably do him a lot more justice than the R&R HOF (and there would be a better chance of Emmylou Harris performing).
It’s Marc Olson of the Jayhawks with his wife Victoria Williams. It’s from Return of the Grievous Angel, a great, great Gram Parsons tribute album. Full of wonderful stuff, including an awesome Beck/Emmylou duet of Sin City.
Irving Washington |
January 19th, 2011 at 12:30 am
That Parsons tribute album has many good things on it. The Whiskeytown contribution is worthwhile. Uncle Tupelo’s version of Blue Eyes is also great, though not on that album, I think.
‘At this point, musicians should consider it an honor to NOT be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’
There’s a lot of glaring omissions… It’s so much easier to put people into sports hof’s- the statistics usually sort it out, not a whole lot of controversy.
I feel like the guys in High Fidelity when they’re being accused of being music snobs ‘Yeah, seriously, you’re totally elitist. You feel like the unappreciated scholars, so you shit onto people who know lesser than you.’ ‘NO.’ ‘Which is everyone.’ ‘YEAH.’
It seems like Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, Ian Hunter, Peter Wolf (J Geils), Cheap Trick, and scads of other artists would be worthwhile additions, also…
I am a music freak. Meaning, I listen to music all the time, have been to a million shows, and supported the record industry for way longer than I should have.
My take on it: Halls of Fame, Awards, etc. are death to music. These events and institutions contribute nothing, their “appreciation” of actual artists is shallow and insulting, and they exist only to promote themselves, leeching off the goodwill created by those artists’ hard work. Unfortunately, as musicians get older and start to feel less appreciated, they often fall prey to the vultures. There’s nothing more depressing than watching your outsider musical Gods squeeze into tuxedos and stand at a podium, submissively abasing themselves – so a crowd of smarmy execs can feel all bullish and congratulate each other after a lifetime of shitting on art. Fuck ‘em. They are the ultimate bloodsucking middlemen, and should not be encouraged in any way.
I’ve always played the lottery, like since I was 15 or so when my grandma would buy me tickets. Nothing big, 5 bucks here and there. Anyway I’ve long thought if my numbers ever hit I’m going to buy a Cessna* and Nudie suit and fly around making Gram proud.
*Now that I’ve got a few hours in one, I’m upgrading my dream to a Diamond air.