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About Future Rock Legends

Back in 2000, rock critic and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee member, Anthony DeCurtis, wrote a column for Rolling Stone questioning the future direction of the Rock Hall. He raised many questions which are still relevant:
  • Is getting inducted merely a popularity contest?
  • Do too many artists get inducted each year, diluting the importance of the true legends?
  • What role does heavy metal have in the Hall?
  • Do rap and hip-hop artists belong in the Rock Hall?
  • Will the voters even recognize hip-hop's contribution to rock?
  • Has the need for an entertaining televised ceremony distracted from the true mission of the Hall?
The goal of Future Rock Legends is to keep the focus on these issues so the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame truly represents the best artists of each generation.

At the end of the column, DeCurtis says:

I believe in the Hall of Fame and its mission. And I also believe that the next five to ten years will truly determine how relevant the Hall of Fame will finally prove to be to the music it purports to honor.

Induction Chances

Jim Henke, the Chief Curator of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, when asked in an interview to predict who might be voted in one year, said:
It's impossible to guess. I'm always as surprised as the general public. You really can't predict with any degree of accuracy.
Well, it's not impossible. Future Rock Legends aims to accurately predict which artists will eventually be inducted, by using a combination of user voting and other historically determining factors (critical acclaim, popularity, longevity, etc.). Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ultimately a subjective process, there are a number of examples where the inductions simply don't make sense to the average fan. This is due to a number of controversial factors, such as personal vendettas, financial reasons, and even uninformed voters.

Again, this site is not affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and has no direct impact on an artist's induction.

Eligibility Dates

Artists are eligible for the Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation are in charge of coming up with the official list of candidates that the Nominating Committee considers each year. Since no official list has been released from the Foundation, the dates here are compiled from various resources such as, Wikipedia, and Martin Strong's Great Rock Discography. The years listed here represent the year of the induction voting, not the induction ceremony, which usually takes place in March the following year (or 26 years after the first record at the earliest).

If you find any inaccuracies, please let us know.

Related Links

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum - official site
Wikipedia - Rock Hall entry - Rock Hall news
Rock Hall Monitors - Rock Hall criticism
Tom Lane's Music Blog - Rock Hall criticism
Our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Rock Hall Forum featuring Charles Crossley, Jr.
Not In Hall of Fame - Ranks snubbed artists
Rock Snubs - Petition to induct snubbed rock artists
Goldmine Magazine - Rock Hall criticism

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