Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Dear Hearts and Gentle Readers, I ask that you take your time to hear of a grave injustice that needs correction, and I hope you will lend your time and talent to doing so. So that once again America can be the land of opportunity for all, including rednecks.

According to it’s website, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a repository of the musicians and people who have shaped our craft . Performers are inducted base on the following criteria:

“Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artist’s contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.”

By this standard, artists ranging from Chuck Berry to Chet Atkins, from Bill Halley to the Talking Heads, have been inducted. Notably absent are the penultimate Southern Rock Band, Lynard Skynard. By the standard presented by the Hall of Fame, Skynard has been eligible for induction for at least 6 years, and their absence is an insult to all southerners, redneck or otherwise.

Now, let me take a moment to say I am not a Lynard Skynard fan. I would not pay to see them, and you could not pay me to go see them, unless a real hottie like Kurt Hagadorn was opening for the show. Never the less, it seems asinine that a band that sold a gazillion records, has a legion of fans, and raised a genre of rock and roll to national, nay world attention, is not in the Hall of Fame.

Ironically Skynard represents the Wrong Way Corrigan’s of the Rock and Roll world. They did anti drug and alcohol songs, as well as a pro gun control song, yet the mean average of their visible fan base is a dope smoking, gun toting alcoholic....but I digress.

Please write to the induction committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and demand that they correct this oversight. Their address is:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104

Thank you for your time and attention. You may now return to listing band names.


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