JMB you are the kind of fan that the hall should be listening to. I think we all have reservations about having to shape our own decisions around what direction the hall seems to be moving towards even if it is distasteful! I think your choices are very good but you have brought up a very significant point which we seem to bash around often in here, What is Rock? Maybe the hall should base their criteria on what music was banned or considered punishable by jail time in other countires at some point. That might shake them up a bit.
JMB,I was a big 80's metal fan myself. As we tried to figure out this list, a big part of what drove us, is just what the definiton of Rock even is anymore. Based on who they have in, we have to incorporate to some degree the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vision.ie.....When Grandmaster Flash got in, it meant that Rap should not be ignored in any Rock HOF list. People may hate it, but it has lasted over twenty years, and it is a musical style that certainly has impact. As for Janet, she may very well get in. Although she i certainly more of a Pop icon, there are others like her (including her brother) who are in. We actually have her ranked fairly high.As for Ray Parker, if that hack ever gets in, i am slitting my wrists now. I will never understand the omission of Deep Purple. Other artists like them are in, and though Rush is ranked higher, there is only one real prog rock group in the Hall, which can explain the lack of love for Rush. Deep Purple not being in, makes not sense to me at all based on who is in already.
Music. It has the ability to bring people together. It can stir up hidden emotions. It can cause you to get up and physically move. It can help you through your work day. It separates generations. We could describe it for page after page in terms both specific and vague but music simply means different things to different people. Likely, many of these things were on the mind of the builders of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, a tribute to those who built up the genre of Rock and Roll.Their intentions certainly seemed clear enough. Their website states that