Every year, Jann Wenner and a secret cabal of music journalists and other Rolling Stone illuminati gather together, squint at dusty manuscripts (or Wikipedia them), figure out who released what single when, and if a band has been active or was active 25 years ago, they may find themselves on a list of carefully-selected musical acts. Those acts will be pared down, and pared down more, and before long, the cream will have risen to the top. (Cream was inducted in 1993.) The official list of nominees for The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame for 2013 have been announced. This is the list of acts that over 600 top-secret voters (and one online fan poll) will use to pick just who gets nominated for musical immortality, and who has to wait and hope for next year.
Here’s the full list of nominees: Nirvana, Kiss, The Replacements, Hall and Oates, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes, and The Zombies.
It’s amazing how good this line-up of bands is, even if Peter Gabriel is already in the Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis, Dave Grohl will be in the Hall of Fame twice for Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Kiss deserves to be in some sort of special Hall of Famewing for their shameless marketing abilities alone (even if Peter Criss is a great inspiration for breast cancer awareness). Some of these acts aren’t well-known enough to get in (I’m thinking Paul Butterfield), and other acts might not be getting in this year but should get in (The Replacements), but I figure this year’s class will be one of the biggest in recent memory.
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