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Petition to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Induct Kurtis Blow into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020

 The year 2019 marks Kurtis Blow's 40th year as a rapper. His journey has etched and grooved the road to Hip Hop music and culture. Kurtis Blow was the very first rapper signed to a major label and the very first rapper to become commercially successful. His song "The Breaks" was the first certified gold rap song. Tupac Shakur, who was inducted in the RRHOF (2017)  sentimentally and historically strolls down memory lane in his song "Old School" with the hook "What more can I say, I wouldn't be here today if the Old School didn't pave the way" and in those lyrics he pays homage to pioneer Kurtis Blow saying "I remember popping and locking to Kurtis Blow."   As a performer, Kurtis Blow was influenced by the style and moves of James Brown (RRHOF inductee 1986) utilizing the fingerprint of James Brown's smooth flow in his street dance moves. Kurtis Blow is an original certified B-Boy Break dancer from Harlem who blazed yet another trail by commercially establishing break dance as a signature characteristic of Hip Hop and ingrained break dance moves into the commercial Hip Hop culture. His lyrical style was influenced by rap pioneers DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheeba.      Kurtis Blow is the first rapper to include socialism into his songs (Hard Times 1980,  and 8 million Stories, 1984).  His initial musical and lyrical expressions of blight, poverty, crime and race, not only brought awareness, but opened the door for other Hip Hop artists coming behind him to become more transparent and expressive in their lyrics, and to also become advocates and a voice for their communities through music.        Kurtis Blow, also a writer and producer contributed to the success of other artists including the iconic Fat Boys, Run DMC, and R&B's Rene and Angela.  As a living artist, he is also serving society as a historian, assuring that the proper history and roots of rap and overall Hip Hop are established and documented for generations to come. He is also a board member of the upcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum.       In this signature year, we ask you to please, nominate and induct Kurtis Blow Walker, and allow us, the people to celebrate and commemorate his contributions to music and society in the immortal Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thank you.      

Lisa Whittington, Ed.D
634 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


To Jon Landau and the Nominating Committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Greetings, Mr. Landau. I hope this letter finds you and yours surrounded by health, happiness and rock and roll. I am writing you today to ask you to consider Mötley Crüe as an inductee into 2020’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am doing this for many reasons that I will lay out in this letter, so before you dust this off with a “when hell freezes over” response, I hope you will take the time to read my letter and consider them for this prestigious honor. I am a fan of Mötley Crüe’s and have been for a long time, however I would not classify myself as a super fan. Regrettably, I’ve never seen them in concert, I only owned one of their albums (Dr. Feel Good) and with the exception of remembering glimpses of interviews, music videos and a vh1 Behind the Music documentary from many years ago, I knew very little about them. That is, until I watched The Dirt on Netflix a few weeks ago. The movie showed the rise, fall and resurrection of Mötley Crüe and shed light on their bad behavior, excess, celebrity and struggles. It was a good movie and it left me wanting to know more about this notorious band whose songs were on the soundtrack of my youth. A friend suggested I read the book the movie was based on. I didn’t hesitate and downloaded it on my Kindle that evening. I was expecting to be entertained but what I wasn’t expecting was for the book to speak to me the way it did. Of course, I would be lying if I said there were parts of the book that didn’t gross me out, make me downright angry, break my heart or make me feel like I needed a shower afterward (ha!), but what really grabbed me was the one theme that seemed prevalent to me throughout the book: perseverance. I know when people think of Mötley Crüe, perseverance is one of the last words to come to mind and other words like debauchery, excess, troublemakers, delinquents, etc., probably seem more fitting, however their lives were full of obstacles. In the movie and book, they describe themselves as a runaway, an old man, a teen drummer and a cover-band singer, however I see them as survivors. Survivors of tremendous tragedy, traumatic childhoods, deep-rooted insecurities, heart-breaking addictions and debilitating disease. And while their behavior could be seen as, let’s be P.C. here, “troubling,” I saw it as loud cries for help. However, while battling their demons, addictions, tragedy, bar patrons, cops, bikers, groupies and health issues, they churned out hit after hit, toured endlessly, and were one of the original pioneers of hair metal, paving the way for many bands to follow. Their careers, reach and influence have spanned almost four decades, and with the release of The Dirt, their legacy will be shared with, and researched by, a new generation. According to your website, artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record; must have influence and significant contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll; demonstrate musical excellence; have influence on other performers or genres; length and depth of career and catalog; stylistic innovations; or superior technique and skills.” Like it or not, Mötley Crüe embodies most, if not all, of these attributes. As stated above, their career spans almost four decades, for the release of their first album Too Fast for Love was in 1981, making them eligible for induction in 2006; they had tremendous influence on rock music of the 80s and 90s and paved the way for many bands to follow; they pretty much created the hair metal genre; and their musical and style influence on other bands of that era cannot be denied. They’ve been nominated for and received numerous awards, are N.Y. Times best-selling authors and have sold more than 100 million records, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. While I think your criteria for induction is warranted and fair, I think you constantly neglect the musical influence over one of the major catalysts of rock and roll, the driving force of the machine and the heart of it all: THE FANS! Musicians not only have influence over other musicians, but they have had tremendous influence over their fans as well. So many people out there live lives many of us cannot identify with and deal with horrendous sadness, despair, addiction, abandonment, abuse and countless other heartbreaking circumstances. Bono once said, “Music can change the world because it can change people.” From a drum or guitar solo to a lyric or chorus that goes straight through the heart, our world would be much darker without music. Believe it or not, Mötley Crüe’s music has positively changed many lives of their fans throughout the years, and it’s not only their music but their influence that has kept fans loyal and devoted for almost four decades. Because of the internet and social media, I’ve had the opportunity to read many comments from Mötley Crüe fans on various websites and platforms, that read, “Because of Mötley Crüe, I sought help from my addictions,” or “Listening to Mötley Crüe put a smile on my face every single day” or “Motley’s music saved my life.” Also in this day and age, philanthropy and social issues are very important, and while great music does have its influence, it’s what the artists do with their time that, today, make the most impact. Mötley Crüe has used their experience, talent, celebrity and time to support charities supporting causes such as animal rights, addiction support, veterans, music education, chronic illness, childhood cancer and more. Vince Neil founded the Skylar Neil Foundation, a foundation created in memory of his and Sharise Neil’s late daughter, who passed away prematurely from a rare form of cancer; to date, the foundation has raised several million dollars for cancer research. Tommy Lee is an outspoken supporter for PETA, and has supported other charities such as the Gibson Foundation, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, and more; Nikki Sixx is adapting his book “The Heroin Diaries” into a Broadway show with hopes of it doing for heroin addiction what “Rent” did for HIV/AIDS research and is using his time and talents to shed light on the opioid epidemic in our country and to be a beacon of hope to people debilitated by addiction; and Mick Mars, although he prefers to stay out of the limelight, created a charity to shed light on ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating form of arthritis in which there is no cure, a disease he has suffered from since the age of 19. As a one-time sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, I know what it feels like for your body to betray you, to no longer be able to perform simple tasks such as dress yourself, make a fist or walk. I am lucky I was diagnosed during a time where there are several treatments and because of aggressive early treatment, my arthritis has been in remission since 2013. Unfortunately, Mr. Mars wasn’t as lucky as me, for he was diagnosed during a time when little to nothing was known about autoimmune diseases such as RA and AS, a time when there was little to no treatment. His bones ached and the disease was slowly eating away at him, however he still managed to slip on his leather pants, throw that guitar over his shoulder and play thousands of shows not merely for a paycheck but for the love of music and his fans. These are all beautiful parts woven into a tragic, turbulent yet powerful story.  To say they have one hell of a story is an understatement, however we must all agree that it took tremendous courage for them to tell their “warts and all” story to the world, and they did so without fear of judgment or ridicule. It has been said in interviews that Mötley Crüe has been banned from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of their bad behavior. My question to you is this: Since when does a band or musician’s behavior best their musical influence regarding the hall of fame? I didn’t see “being a perfect angel” as criteria for induction. I am sure this letter will fall on deaf ears, however I felt compelled to write it. If you don’t want to induct Mötley Crüe into the Hall of Fame because of personal issues, don’t do it for them. Do it for the musicians and millions of fans around the world whose lives have been affected by Mötley Crüe s musical influence. Remember this, Mr. Landau: there would be no Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without rock and roll, and there would be no rock and roll without the fans. Listen to them, and keep them in mind when making your selections. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you, Mr. Landau, and the nominating committee who chooses artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I trust you will make the decision based on a musician’s merits and influence and not on actions committed more than 30 years ago. Mötley Crüe aren’t role models, they are far from it and they’ve never claimed to be, but they are survivors and musical pioneers and have created a place in the archives of rock and roll history. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated by the Hall of Fame, their peers and their fans. To quote Freeman McNeil from his 2015 piece titled The Case for Mötley Crüe, “Mötley Crüe did it first, and Mötley Crüe did it better.”  

Jake Ryan
1,554 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Steven Van Zandt, James Bernard, Nathan Brackett, Cliff Burnstein, Anthony DeCurtis, Reginald C. Dennis, Bill Flanagan, David Fricke, Elysa Gardner, Holly George-Warren, Meg Griffin, Greg Harris, Mike Kaufman, Lenny Kaye, Rick Krim, Alan Light, Rob Light, Amy Linden, Dave Marsh, Tom Morello, Lauren Onkey, Robbie Robertson, Paul Shaffer, Ahmir Thompson, Craig Werner, Jon Landau - Chairman

Induct JIM DANDY and BLACK OAK ARKANSAS into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Roll Hall of Fame Nominating Committee - We the undersigned, believe that the JIM"DANDY" MANGRUM and BLACK OAK ARKANSAS meet and exceed the criteria stated below and are more than deserving of a nomination, by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for induction into the Performer category. There are very few people in the music industry, music fan base, or indeed the world who have not felt the lingering influence, on the Rock and Roll generation and music as a whole, The Jim Dandy Mangrum and The Black Oak Arkansas. They are the trailblazers, of Southern Rock and Roll.   Despite these undeniable facts, Jim Dandy and Black Oak have not yet received enough votes to be an inductee into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with their contemporaries, The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, and Bruce Springsteen. It is time for this to change. The facts are undeniable that, Jim Dandy this iconic leader in Rock and Roll Southern Music, had dedicated his life's engeries to bringing a new form of music and entertainment to the Rock and Roll masses.He Jim Dandy Mangrum and Black Oak Arkansas need to take their rightful place, in the Hall of Fame, for fans to visit and music all Rock musics aficionados to revel in. Because of the fact Jim Dandy and Black Oak have never received enough votes, it is time for dedicated, Southern Rock loving, music fans, all over the world, to VOTE, make their voices HEARD and electrify the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to bestow upon Jim and Black Oak, the incredible honor and credence that they have earned and earnestly deserve.  PLEASE,  All Fans, SIGN & SHARE this petition in as many places as you can. Let's get this petition circulating, so that these hard-working, high energy, lifetime dedicated, fan loving artists, will forever be remembered and that future generations will have opportunity to remember, understand, and celebrate the undeniable impact that Jim Dandy Mangrum and Black Oak Arkansas have had on the creation and raising form, of what has become to be known as, Southern Rock and Roll music! If you have ideas on how to spread this message to a wider audience, please share your ideas below.

Anita Seaman
1,623 supporters
Update posted 3 years ago

Petition to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


As this year’s nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced a group that made a seminal contribution to the music of the late 60’and early 70’s has once again been slighted. Spirit (Randy California guitar and vocals , Jay Ferguson, vocals, John Locke, keyboards, Mark Andes, bass and Ed Cassidy drums) the groundbreaking band founded in Los Angeles in the  1960’s, has been virtually neglected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since it original eligibility in 1993,  This  petition aims to right that situation   Spirit, have never gotten the  acclaim they deserve. While other west coast groups like the Doors the Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield, have gone on to both critical and popular recognition interest in Sprit remain an underground but vital phenomenon.  The four albums this LA quintet cut between 1968 and 1971 (and a faith soundtrack for motion picture Model Shop) certainly rank among the best albums of that period. Their final album in their original configuration “The twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus” is viewed as one of the first concept albums, and in the words of  a reviewer were “diverse yet cohesive effort, and long considered by fans, critics and musicians alike to be one of the finest albums ever recorded.” It extended  the experimentalism Spirits  earlier albums with ne elements that anticipated the rock trends of the 70’s . As one critic notes “Spirit should be remembered as one of the half-dozen best American bands of the 60s”   If music is the universal language, spirit was its rock n roll translator. Like other innovative groups of the 60’s spirit set out to create new musical forms.  Mixing influences from free forms and small group jazz with improv psychedelia, hard rock and even pop sensibilities, they aimed to create a more universal musical forms. They often succeeded creating music with the widest range of musical expression of any rock group before or since.  Another critic writing in 1968: “Spirit makes use of all the variables available to modern music; in form, style, tone color, dynamics, rhythms, lyric subjects, modes, scales, feelings, everything.” Spirit was among the earliest and most successful fusion groups. Spirit also displayed an early ecological sensibility and a concern for social justice critical and adventurous lyrical spirit that captured the sense of the times. California’s Nature's Way and Ferguson’s “Fresh Garbage” illustrate their early environmental concerns, while California’s 1984 (apparently banned for it’s political content) and Ferguson’s ‘policemen’s ball (about Chicago 1968)  didn’t hesitate to confront political issues.   In a spirit retrospective  JimWashburn wrote “The Doors were alright but for many rock fans in the late 60’s the band that really mattered was Spirit” Spirit is the forgotten super group of the 60’s. They headlined for groups like Led Zeppelin and the Police and were it not for an unfortunate management decision would have been featured at Woodstock.   Though the original Spirit lineup broke up in1971, Spirit continued until Randy California’s death in 1997 centered around the virtuoso musicianship of drummer Ed Cassidy and guitarist Randy California. California is recognized by many as one of the premier guitarists of rock. Spirit kept writing music and producing albums that challenged conformity, record company executives, and received ideas in times of political quietism. Spirit’s last studio album California Blues  is a thoughtful and original return to California’s blues roots. It is infused with an underlying sense of the community of mankind that can be traced back to California’s early work with Spirit.   If you’re a fan of spirit please sign this petition and show the rock establishment that spirit still lives. If you haven’t listened to spirit for a while or at all, take a chance to listen to one of rock’s neglected treasures. Then sign on to the petition.     .    

Real g
1,305 supporters