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PIGSHIT: Much more of The Monkees

Can it really be true that Rolling Stone publisher/magnate Jann S. Wenner has personally conducted a decades-long campaign to bar The Monkees from induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Far-from-dummy Monkee Peter Tork certainly thinks so.

“He doesn’t care what the rules are and just operates how he sees fit,” Tork told the New York Post in 2007. “It is an abuse of power. I don’t know whether The Monkees belong in the Hall of Fame, but it’s pretty clear that we’re not in there because of a personal whim.” 

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Cleveland Says Goodbye to Jane Scott, Music Journalist

On July 4, 2011, Cleveland, if not the whole music world, lost a very important part to it. One of the most recognizable and influential personalities in media lost her battle with time. On that very special day when all Americans celebrated their independence, we lost Jane Scott at the age of 92.

You may not have known her by name, but you most definitely had to have run into her once in a while if you took in concerts around Cleveland on a regular basis. No matter how old you are, you had to have crossed paths with Plain Dealer Rock Journalist Jane Scott at any of the concert venues around town while going to concerts of famous bands that have sold millions of albums or even bands that were just getting started.

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PIGSHIT: Should PAT BOONE be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

As the powers-that-still-be gamely inducted yet more seemingly willing accomplices on March 14  (eg: Neil Diamond? Not bad. Alice Cooper? At least that includes his entire, original band. And Darlene Love? ABOUT FUCKING TIME! as Stella McCartney would say)  one pretty-burning question, alas, remains:

Should PAT BOONE be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?

I duly trolled the Internets on behalf of RnR Reporters everywhere, and This Is What I Was Told, in exactly their own words (and precisely their own punctuation):

Phil Kaufman,  Road Mangler Deluxe

Pat Boone?  Pop Hall Of Fame …or the White Buck Shoe Hall.  But NEVER Rock ‘n’ Roll!

(P.S.: Where is the “ROADIE Hall” ?)

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Live Rock and Roll

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with Two Groundbreaking Concerts

U2, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Metallica, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills Nash & Friends and Eric Clapton along with Special Guests Set to Perform in Concert at Madison Square Garden

(PRESS RELEASE) Cleveland, OH – Music’s biggest stars – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, U2, Paul Simon, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Simon and Garfunkel – will come together on October 29th and 30th at Madison Square Garden for two unique concerts celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The shows, presented by American Express, will be packed with guest stars and unique collaborations designed to tell the story of rock and roll. American Express® Cardmembers have access to advance tickets through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 starting 9 a.m. on Monday, July 27th. Additional sponsorship support for the event is being provided by Bacardi.

Each night will feature entirely different line-ups, with artists performing their own songs and the music that inspired them –tracing the history of genres ranging from soul to hard rock. All proceeds raised will go towards creating a permanent endowment for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum. “Twenty-five years ago a group led by legendary Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun created this foundation to recognize and celebrate the music and careers of artists whose music helped shape and define our generation,” said Jann Wenner, Founder and Chairman of Rolling Stone and Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “These once-in-a-lifetime concerts are designed to celebrate the artists and their music.”

A creative team of Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman, Wenner, singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson, Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, director Cameron Crowe and several others will work with the artists to curate the show through the live performances and filmed segments. Joel Gallen, the producer/director behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the MTV Movie Awards (1995-2006), will direct the show and oversee the 25th Anniversary Celebration along with the creative consultants.

This event is being presented in conjunction with the American Express Concert Series. American Express offers Cardmembers the exclusive opportunity to purchase advanced tickets to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration, prior to public. Tickets will be available for purchase with an American Express Card through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000, from 9 a.m. Monday, July 27th, through Sunday, August 2nd at 9 p.m. Tickets will be on sale to the general public beginning Monday, August 3rd at 9 a.m.

The Rock and Roll of Fame Foundation and Museum’s anniversary celebration will also extend beyond the concerts, with both a book and a deluxe DVD set to be released this fall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years, chronicling 25 years of induction ceremonies, will be published by Collins Design (an imprint of HarperCollins) in September. In August, Time Life will issue a nine-DVD boxed set of highlights of the past induction ceremonies, featuring speeches and all-star performances, many that have never before seen by the public.

Performing on October 29th will be:
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
Paul Simon
Stevie Wonder

Performing on October 30th will be:
Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin
Metallica
U2

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Live Rock and Roll

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces FREE Concert Series

(PRESS RELEASE) Cleveland, OH- Get ready for the Summer Sessions, a FREE live concert series this summer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum beginning on Wednesday, July 8 on the Museum plaza (weather permitting, if necessary it will be moved inside to the Main Stage) at 7 p.m. This concert series is presented by cleveland.com and will take pl ace every other Wednesday evening through August 19, 2009. Generous support is also being provided by Jim Beam, KeyBank, Vitamin Water and Radio 92.3.

The country and region’s most popular up-and-coming bands and artists will perform, many for the first time at the Rock Hall. The latest in web technology, webcasting and blogging, will allow concert attendees to watch the concerts live, relive their favorite concert moments and communicate with their favorite bands via blog posts. Each Summer Sessions artist or band has been invited to begin a blog on cleveland.com to share their experiences with fans: how they got started, their favorite things about performing live, their aspirations for the future and more.

The concerts will be webcast live at: cleveland.com/sessions. Video archives of the concerts will also become available.

Summer Sessions free concert series schedule ( please check cleveland.com for complete concert schedule and updates):

JULY 8 – 7 p.m.

* The New York Times describes Man Man as a “delirious, scrapheap-eclectic Philadelphia outfit.” Previously opening for such established bands as Modest Mouse, the Arcade Fire and Cat Power, Man Man may best be known for their non-stop live shows of kaleidoscopic sound. Their first album on Anti-Records, Rabit Habits, was released this year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the first stops on the group’s recently announced headlining tour that begins July 3rd.

* Original experimental indie rock may be hard to come by these days, but Cleveland act Mystery of Two does a notable job of channeling influences (Pere Ubu, Talking Heads and fIREHOSE) in its debut, Arrows Are All You Know. The Plain Dealer raves, “This first effort can be considered a bull’s-eye.”

JULY 22 – 7 p.m.

* Akron/Family, based in New York City and Williamsport, PA, are celebrating the release of their new album, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. They are a band boiling over with ideas and through the last year that have become especially apparent in a live setting – the ever-evolving Akron/Family live ensemble has become bigger, wilder, more communal, and as Pitchfork put it, “Freaking/Awesome.”

* The Black Swans, from Columbus, Ohio, are no strangers to the independent rock scene. The band has released three intense and haunting albums in their career, the most recent titled Change! According to USA Today, the Black Swans possess a ” doleful sound that grows on you like kudzu and eventually often becomes quite mesmerizing.”

AUGUST 5 – 7 p.m.

* Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Chairlift originally hail from Boulder, CO where the members of the band initially came together to make background music for haunted houses. The group has since come a long way, enjoying major label success and sharing the stage with bands like MGMT and Yeasayer. In 2008, their song “Bruises” was featured in a 2008 commercial introducing the fourth generation of the iPod Nano.

* Cleveland quintet JJ Magazine formed five years ago and this year were noted by Cleveland Scene as a band making “some of the most sparkling and engaging pop music in Cleveland.” The group cites influences ranging from Britpop to Motown as factors in their sound. Their latest album, Dinner, was released on April 9, 2009.

AUGUST 19 – 7 p.m.

* Youngstown’s Gil Mantera’s Party Dream formed during a blizzard in 1999 as a joke, and by 2006 they were selling out shows across the country. They have supported bands on tour such as Art Brut, the Rapture and GWAR, and in 2006, Village Voice honored them with the Best Show at the SXSW festival that year.

* This is a Shakedown! , although relatively new to the Cleveland music scene, is comprised of members of previously popular Northeast Ohio bands Dozen Dead Roses and Leo. The group’s first full-length album, produced by Michael Seifert (Tori Amos, Regina Spektor), was released in May 2009 and a national tour is scheduled for this summer.

Each concert will be held outside on the Museum’s plaza. In case of bad weather, the shows will be moved indoors on the Main Stage. Please visit cleveland.com/sessions for more information.

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The 2009 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

rockhallmorningwebThe Rock Hall Induction Ceremony for 2009 took place in Cleveland, OH on April 4th, 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For most of us, seeing the event live in person is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I feel privileged that I had the chance to experience the event for the first time. It will be something I and many other people will not soon forget. Here are some of the things that took place today:

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UNSIGNED BANDS AND ARTISTS – PERFORM AT THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION!

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is offering unsigned artists and bands across the U.S a chance to perform at the 2009 Induction Ceremony week of events on April 4th. The winner will also receive round trip airfare for up to four band members, hotel accommodations and tickets to the event. The “Rock your Way to Cleveland” contest (currently underway) ends on March 17th . Learn how to apply by visiting www.rockhall.com/inductioncontest. Groups are invited to perform an original song inspired by a music legend and record an introduction about their musical influence. (All contest entries must be uploaded to the Rock Hall’s YouTube Groups page). Read the complete contest rules at www.rockhall.com/inductioncontest/rules.