April 12, 2016 at 7:38 am #1201673806
With the recent feud between Kiss rocker Gene Simmons and NWA, there’s been a debate about what is considered “Rock and Roll”. Is it simply a genre or a particular spirit that evokes itself in music? Do you think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should consider changing it’s name to eliminate this confusion? Maybe “Music Hall of Fame”? What do you think? Discuss.April 12, 2016 at 8:12 am #1201673821
Kinda I mean Madonna is not a Rock Star she’s Pop and let’s face it the Hall of Fame isn’t gonna have to many future Rock Stars because that kind music isn’t very popular now a days.April 12, 2016 at 10:06 am #1201673833
A name change would be the best option. All genres of music are welcomed into the Hall of Fame.
Gene Simmons tried that! He needs to have several seats. #ByeFeliciaApril 12, 2016 at 10:44 am #1201673838
That was a shitty thing for Simmons to do on NWA’s big moment. I shouldn’t expect anything less, but still. I’d keep the name as is for historical purposes, but embrace the idea that “rock and roll” in this case is an all-encompassing term that covers multiple genres in its inception. “Music Hall of Fame” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, even if it’s more PC.April 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm #1201673870
And the Music Hall of Fame would need to include the likes of John Williams, Philip Glass, John Adams, Renee Fleming, Audra MacDonald and the like, which would be a very different Hall of Fame.April 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm #1201674049
They should NOT change the name Rock & Roll is nt Rock music. It was the popular sound of 50s. Hip Hop is another Rock&Roll genre imo. It was fucked up that Gene Simmons said what he did. Lets be honest, besides great costumes what have KISS done for music?April 14, 2016 at 12:47 am #1201674158
People like Gene Simmons, Noel Gallagher and the like are just holding predictable elitist opinions about Hip Hop and where it should be included, and some of it has racial undertones.
“Rap will die” says Gene Simmons. Meanwhile, rap/hip hop music is still one of the most marketable genres right now and has been for a very long time. 40+ years in counting and still going strong. As long as artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, and even underground acts carry the torch and pass it down to future generations, rap will never “die.” Ironically, rock has been quite dead for a long time and nothing has truly revived it. I see why these old white men are mad, but they need to get a grip. That’s why Steven Tyler is not seen as some relic of one decade like Noel Gallagher or a washed up hating clown like Gene Simmons. He and Aerosmith embraced the genre and saw it for what it was and what it was going to be.
And as for the OP’s question, absolutely not. “Rock n Roll” represents an era and everything that transpired after it. N.W.A. was a big part of that transition, thus the recognition is deserved. If he has a problem with N.W.A. being inducted, then he also better hold the same opinion about other inductees that aren’t truly “Rock n Roll.”April 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm #1201674273
I would change the name to “Rock Music Hall of Fame” and change the by-laws to allow all genres to be represented equally and so that nobody can use genre as a reason not to allow an induction.
Either that or somebody needs to start a more inclusive hall of fame for pop, rap and R&B artists to be honored at. Country music has their own hall of fame, so why not somebody create one for pop, rap and R&B artists?April 15, 2016 at 10:08 am #1201746476
No, they should not change the name. Gene Simmons clearly has a disdain for rap music as an art form/musical genre and has resorted to using coded rhetoric as if we are all too dumb to know what he’s really saying. #NotHereForItApril 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm #1201746872
Rock n Roll is not really a music genre anymore. In the late 40s, “Rock n Roll” was what we know call “pop” and pop is basically any kind of music (even rock and hip-hop) that is non-classical or traditional.
Technically, Kiss are also a pop band in the sub-genre of hard rock. Madonna, may had never been a rock musician, but she does made a huge impact of pop music therefore I think her induction was legit. In the next 20 years, we might even see Lady Gaga being inducted.
Nowadays, saying “Rock n Roll” is more of an achievement in popular (pop) music than just playing rock music.