Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland ( Ohio ) for the most important and influential musicians, producers and personalities in the field of rock 'n' roll . A limited number of new members have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame each year since 1986 , with admission at the earliest 25 years after the artist's first record or CD was released . The personalities are selected by a committee of music historians. The museum opened in September 1995.

The museum

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Lake Erie in the foreground.

In the mid-1980s, at the suggestion of Ahmet Ertegün , the founder of Atlantic Records , people from the music industry began to think about a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and founded a nomination committee, representatives of the City of Cleveland took it up approached to advertise their city as the location for a corresponding museum - among other things with the argument that the term "Rock 'n' Roll" was 1951 from the Cleveland-born disc jockey Alan Freed and the nightly radio show The Moondog Rock & Roll moderated by him House party has been shaped.

Other US cities made similar offers, but after a signature campaign and a Cleveland survey for USA Today newspaper, the foundation decided in March 1986 to choose Cleveland as the location. This museum opened its doors to visitors for the first time on September 2, 1995, following a festive opening ceremony the day before. The building for the museum was designed by the architect Ieoh Ming Pei . "The conception of this building should reflect the energy of rock 'n' roll," is how the creator described the idea at the beginning of the work. The building now represents the heart of Cleveland's North Coast Harbor, covers around 14,000 square meters and cost 84 million US dollars . The architecture of the building has won two awards (1997 American Institute of Architects / American Institute of Steel Construction: Award for Innovative Design and Excellence in Architecture Using Structural Steel; 1998 New York Association of Consulting Engineers: Engineering Excellence Award).

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guitar sculptures in front of the hall

A distinction is made between different categories of members of the Hall of Fame:

"Interpreten" ( English performers ) are the musicians themselves, both individual musicians and bands . This is the only category that has had new members annually since the first solemn ceremony on January 23, 1986 at the New York Waldorf-Astoria Elvis Presley , Buddy Holly , Chuck Berry , Fats Domino , James Brown , Jerry Lee Lewis , Ray Charles , Sam Cooke , the Everly Brothers and Little Richard were included.

“Non-performers” means people whose earnings are not on , but behind or next to the stage, in particular songwriters , producers , disc jockeys , representatives of record companies and journalists . The “Early Influence” category honors people from the pre-rock era whose work had an influence on them.

Finally, in 2000, the “ studio musician ” category was newly introduced.

In addition to people, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also honors songs and adds them to the list of Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll , i.e. songs that shaped rock and roll. On October 29th and 30th, 2009 the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert took place in Madison Square Garden for the 25th anniversary, with performances by numerous members of the Hall of Fame.


The Sex Pistols were supposed to be accepted in 2006, but they turned them down on the grounds that next to them “Rock and Roll and this stupid Hall of Fame just look like a piss stain”. In 2008 it was criticized that the recorded Madonna was more of a pop great , but that her music had nothing to do with rock. Paul Stanley von Kiss criticized in 2010 that if personalities who had nothing to do with rock 'n' roll were in the museum, then one had to ask oneself whether it was really a "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame". Steve Souza , singer of the thrash metal band Exodus , criticized the fact that "icons like Deep Purple , Iron Maiden or Judas Priest " are ignored by the decision-makers, although they have been the greatest musicians in the industry for well over 25 years counted. According to Ian Gillans , singer with Deep Purple, the people who decide on the recording have little knowledge of music, and an institution like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has nothing to do with rock 'n' roll. In 2015, Bob Dylan was surprised that Billy Lee Riley was not in the Hall of Fame.

Web links

Commons : Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Biography of the Sex Pistols at
  2. "Pissfleck" - Scolded by the Sex Pistols . Spiegel Online , March 14, 2006
  3. of March 11, 2008  ( page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /
  4. Focus Online from June 1, 2010
  5. ^ Digital radio Rockantenne ( Memento from June 21, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on June 21, 2015
  6. Transcription of Dylan's speech at the 2015 Grammy Awards

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