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I watched the entire rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame telecast on HBO last weekend and I’ve got to tell you, it’s really irritating to see these hip-hop guys getting in this early while groups like the Monkees, the Guess Who, and of course, our own Raspberries are still waiting entry. 
 

I thought it was a real truth to watch the great and classy Carole King come out and perform a  beautiful heartfelt version of “You’ve Got a Friend” accompanied by many of the terrific veteran musicians who played on her Tapestry album, only to be followed by LL Cool J who was accompanied by rapper Eminem as they proceeded to trade off “F bombs” with each other. Really showed you the downfall of music. 

Even in LL’s acceptance speech, he almost appeared uncomfortable being inducted as he said (paraphrasing) “all you rock ‘n’ rollers out there, we sample your riffs and they are great, but please understand we are artists too.” Are ya?

I am far from the “get off my lawn guy”, (well, not too far at this point lol)  but have some respect, man, for the people like Carole and Tina Turner, who have both waited far too long for entry. 

I try to give all music a listen, but this was just absolute trash. 
 

Now back to your regular programming…..

 

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We got the power:
1. we stop patronizing the RH and the rancid music.
2. Some true rock & roll artists/entrepreneurs/etc. get together and start up a new Rock Hall, whose brand would be that it would honor rock & roll only, that it would use good judgment with zero politics allowed...and that it would be the anti-Rock Hall that is the current one in Cleveland.

The world can change for the good, we got the power, but most of us would rather complain than do even the most simple things like not buying coke, Ben & Jerry´s, NFL, NBA etc etc etc.

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I’m with you James, but here’s the problem. Anyone over 50 is now thought of in the minority when it comes to music, which is absolutely ridiculous. We are the ones that buy cars, we are the ones that buy houses, we are the ones that yes, visit the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame but they are catering to the youth who could care less about it.

I am the king of boycotting. I have a thing that my kids tease me about called “the 10 year ban” where if someone treats me rudely or screws around with me I refuse to visit that business for the next 10 years. As soon as somebody does me wrong, my kids always chuckle, “oh no, not the 10 year ban”. They will always say to me “do you really think they will miss your business?”  and while I’m sure they won’t, it’s got to start somewhere and then if enough people stood their ground or boycott it as you suggested things would have to start to happen.

I do like your suggestion about starting a new rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame just dedicated to, ummm, well, rock n roll, but I’m sure there would be a ton of lawsuits involved. I’m offering up my basement in Chicago to start it. I already have the original Raspberries album print autographed by the four to welcome people in!

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Pat, love your take on boycotting..and I agree of course. One other benefit of boycotting, outside of not rewarding/strengthening bad actors, and one that people don't mention is the personal integrity angle.

Who wants to sully their person via doing business with/supporting bad actors? It's about who you are and what you touch and what you associate with. It's about protecting your own character.

PS Pat, you can share that with your detractors...and tell them it's from James....and it's free!!!...but only free this one time. : )

PPS always love your posts Pat, hope you stick around more!

James

 

 

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And fwiw, I own a business and we pride ourselves on serving our customers at a level not seen down here. If one, just ONE, customer is unhappy it hurts me a lot, and I dig into the situation to sort it out and make it right. One customer being upset is a huge issue for me/my team.

Every "vote" does count.

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