If the hype around the Rock and Roll Fame makes you tired, we’re on the same page. (This article explains a lot of how I and a bunch of other people feel about the whole thing.)
There’s plenty of coverage on what happened last night in Cleveland, so I won’t repeat it here. Instead, let me refer you to this hater’s guide from EW.com.
Insults, long-standing feuds, calls for its destruction. Hating on the Rock & Roll Hall of fame is as old as the organization itself. So, just in time for this year’s ceremony — which will see Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dire Straits, and the Moody Blues inducted into the Hall — we collect the dirt and disses thrown over the years at music’s most venerable institution.
Hate (mail from Johnny Rotten)
Turns out a group of British punk rockers were not happy about being honored by an organization backed by corporate interests. When the Sex Pistols’ induction was announced in 2006, lead singer Johnny Rotten (né Lydon) sent along a hilariously blunt (and grammatically incorrect) handwritten decline: “Next to the SEX PISTOLS, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. Were [sic] not coming. Were [sic] not your monkey.” Later he told Nikki Sixx, “I can’t accept any accolade from them—unless they offer me a s—load of money.” No matter: When Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner inducted the band, he read Rotten’s entire letter from the podium.