Rush and the Runaways set aside their differences and meet at the bar to discuss their respective chances for induction...
In January, 2010, I started a website at blogspot.com called "The People's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame". Soon after, I set up a page on Facebook, which I linked to the blog so that people could have easier access to what I was doing there. I even wrote about it here at Pop Krazy. The idea was to create a fan-based alternative to the perennially controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH.
I came up with a list of nominees and asked people out there on the web to pick up to ten and who ever got named on more than half the ballots would become the first members of the People's Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. For that first election, I used a cut-off date for eligibility of 1960, just as the Cleveland hall of fame had done in their first election back in 1986, setting the mark for eligibility at 25 years following an artist or group's first release. After that January election, in which we placed seven immortals as the inaugural class, we had our second election in February, moving the eligibility year up to 1961. The plan was to go month to month as the Cleveland hall did from year to year, and after about two years worth of hardcore grass-roots fan voting, we could be "caught up" to the other hall of fame and have a nice alternative canon to the one selected by industry insiders.
Rock 'n' roll fans have been complaining about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland almost since its very inception. Actually, SINCE its very inception, as a lot of people make the very justifiabe case that there shouldn't be a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the first place. Seeing bloated old has beens putting on their black ties and patting themselves on the back every year is repugnant to just about anyone who embraces the idea of rock 'n' roll as a rebellious and liberating force. Real rock 'n' roll isn't a stuffy museum piece. Quite the opposite, in fact - something alive, immediate, and only as tangible as the souls of the people who live it in their own ways every single day.