is courtney love The lack of female artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—as well as the lack of women on the institution’s nominating board and voting body—in a new op-ed from The Whole Singer wrote in the Guardian, “The canon-making of Rock Hall smacks not only of sexist gatekeeping, but also of purposeful ignorance and hostility,” she wrote.
Love, who herself is now eligible for Rock Hall consideration, noted that just 8.48% of all inductees are women, while adding that “Rock Hall voters, among them musicians and the industry’s elite, are 90% male”. “
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,Enrollment for this year’s classannounced last month, offered an annual reminder of how extraordinary a woman must be to join the all boys club,” Love wrote.
“More women were nominated in one year than at any other time in its 40-year history. The idolaters were: Kate Bush, Cyndi Lauper, Missy Elliott; Two women in era-defining bands: Meg White of the White Stripes and New The Order’s Gillian Gilbert; and a woman who turned the boys’ club upside down: Sheryl Crow.
Love paid particular attention to Bush’s Rock Hall credentials and how the Rock Hall overlooked a one-of-a-kind artist for decades of eligibility before landing on the ballot in 2018; Four inductions later, Bush still hasn’t received the honor.
Love wrote of Bush, “Never mind that she was the first woman in pop history to have written every track on a million-selling debut.” “Pioneer of the synthesizer and music video, she was Discovered last year by a new generation of fans When ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’ Appeared in a Netflix Hit stranger things, She is still making albums. And even then there’s no guarantee it’ll be a shoo-in this year.
Love also pointed out other unforgivable Rock Hall errors: “It took the Rock Hall more than 30 years to induct Nina Simone and Carole King. Linda Ronstadt released her debut in 1969 and went on to headline stadiums.” Vali became the first woman to perform, yet she was inducted with Nirvana in 2014.
Love also wrote that the uphill battle to get female cast members included is even tougher for black cast members like Chaka Khan, who has been eligible since 2003 and is widely regarded. one of the greatest singers of all time,
Love wrote, “For all her extraordinary talents and accomplishments—and if there is one thing women in music should have, it’s being extremely extraordinary—Khan hasn’t convinced the Rock Hall.” “Her credit, her Grammy, her longevity, her craft, her tenacity to survive being a young black woman with her brains in the ’70s music business, the bridge to shut the door — none of this canonization Not a quality of.. Or so says Rock Hall.
Love added in conclusion, “If the Rock Hall is unwilling to look at the ways it is replicating the violence of structural racism and sexism that artists face in the music industry, if it cannot properly honor That’s what visionary female artists have created, innovated, revolutionized and contributed to popular music – well, then let’s go to hell with it in a handbag.
Hours after Love’s op-ed, Pretenders Chrissy Hynde, who was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2005, was equally critical of her own induction experience on social media. “I don’t even want to be associated with it. It’s just more establishment backslapping,” Hande wrote, “Apart from Neil Young’s involvement in the inspiration process, the whole thing was, and is, total bollocks. It has nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll and anyone who thinks that is a fool.
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