Pop Music Hall of Fame

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Pop Music Hall of Fame

Recently, the New York Times published an interview with the author and publisher Jann Wenner. He talked about his new book containing interviews with 7 White, male musicians. When asked why there aren’t any interviews with women in the book, he stated that “none of them were as articulate enough on this intellectual level.” In reference to Black musicians, he stated that “they just didn’t articulate at that level.”

After the publication of the interview, Wenner was removed from the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which he helped found. Removing him from the board is understandable, but the whole concept of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, starting with the name, leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The term rock & roll for me conjures up images of a genre of music performed by Elvis Presley, who got famous by emulating Black music. Not only has the word become a sort of shorthand for racist exploitation, but it also is a genre of music that went out of fashion over 60 years ago. I think they need to rename the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and also remove all of the current inductees and choose new ones based on more inclusive criteria.

Sep 20, 2023




なぜならば(好きか嫌いかの話ではなく)、僕にとって “ロックンロール” という言葉は、黒人音楽を模倣することで有名になったエルヴィス・プレスリーが演奏する音楽ジャンルを連想させてしまうから。


2023年 9月 20日