March 29, 2023

Simply a few months earlier than the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame unveils its Class of 2023, Courtney Love has accused the muse of misogyny in an op-ed for The Guardian printed Friday titled Why are girls so marginalised by the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame?.

Within the essay, Love cites author Jessica Hopper, who not too long ago calculated that solely 8.48% of Rock Corridor inductees are girls: “When the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame began in 1983, you’d have thought they may wish to start with Sister Rosetta, with these first chords that chimed the songbook we had been now all singing from,” the Gap bandleader writes. “The preliminary inductees had been Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Fat Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley; not a girl in sight.”

Love goes on: “It took the Rock Corridor 30-plus years to induct Nina Simone and Carole King. Linda Ronstadt launched her debut in 1969 and have become the primary girl to headline stadiums, but she was inducted alongside Nirvana in 2014. Most egregiously, Tina Turner was inducted as a solo artist three many years after making the grade alongside her abuser, Ike.”

Notably, Love’s op-ed additionally factors to four-time Rick Corridor nominee Kate Bush, whose “Working Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” earned a second life final summer season due to a Stranger Issues needle drop. “By no means thoughts that she was the primary girl in pop historical past to have written each observe on a million-selling debut,” Love writes. “And but there isn’t a assure of her being a shoo-in this 12 months.”

Love extends the Rock Corridor’s accused sexism to its nominating board, as properly, writing that simply 9 out of its 31 members are girls and that 90% of voters are male. Moreover, Love asserts that Rock Corridor is biased in opposition to Black artists, noting the Chaka Khan and A Tribe Known as Quest have but to obtain their flowers.

However Love’s essay didn’t swindle all people: Pretenders frontperson Chrissie Hydne provided a rebuttal in a Fb publish Friday, writing that “it’s simply extra institution backslapping.”

“I acquired in a band so I didn’t need to be a part of all that,” Hydne wrote. “Aside from Neil Younger’s participation within the induction course of, the entire thing was, and is, complete bollocks. It’s completely nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll and anybody who thinks it’s is a idiot.” See her full publish beneath.

Together with the aforementioned Bush and A Tribe Known as Quest, this 12 months’s Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame nominees Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Rage In opposition to the Machine, Sheryl Crow, and The White Stripes. The Class of 2023 shall be introduced in Could, and can formally be enshrined throughout a gala this fall.

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