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What about Rush?

Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while I think the museum is pretty cool I think that the politics of induction into the "Hall of Fame" stink. Just as an example, I am reprinting this from Punmaster as I cannot seem to find the original article on MTV News:

MTV ASKS: WHY AREN’T SKYNYRD OR SABBATH IN THE ROCK HALL OF FAME?

Ever wondered why, say, The Lovin’ Spoonful is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath aren’t? MTVNews.com posed the question to a member of the Hall of Fame’s nominating committee, Dave Marsh. That committee is made up of about 75 "music historians," who then hand their list to a larger voting committee of 750. Marsh alleges that some of the nominations are made because of personal bias or, worse, business-related favoritism. An anonymous voting member said that when Talking Heads and The Ramones got inducted in ’02, he thought: "My, my, there couldn’t be any coincidence about Seymour Stein [who signed both artists] being the head of the Hall Of Fame?" Stein, for his part, flat out denies the assertion, but adds: "I voted for all of them. However, I have one vote in the nominating committee and one vote in the [voting committee]." Read the whole story at MTVNews.com.

Later.