Posted by: Rick | Thursday, March 17, 2011

Right-Wing Blind Spot

Conservatives should never write about rock music.  It’s always embarrassing. 

Case in point: A dyspeptic NRO blogger named Mark Goldblatt is peeved at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Indeed, if you take a step back, the hall resembles less a roll call of immortals than a high-school clique rooted in the anti-establishment ethos of the late 1960s.  The sophomoric perception of coolness, rather than any discernable artistic or popular measure, seems the coin of the realm.  Thus, a third-tier band like Buffalo Springfield gets in because two of its members — Stephen Stills and Neil Young — went on to perform at the boomer-hallowed Woodstock concert, whereas the Monkees, who rivaled the Beach Boys as the biggest American act of the decade, get shafted because they were put together by an entertainment conglomerate.

Uh, yeah, Mark.  Neil Young is better than Micky Dolenz.  You should know that.

Mr. Goldblatt also comes up with this doozy:

Still, we shouldn’t read too much into the political angle. Though ideological bias is surely a factor in the nomination and election process — bet the farm that Charlie Daniels, who once published an open letter in defense of the invasion of Iraq, will never make the cut — it cannot by itself account for the overriding quirkiness of the Hall of Fame’s roster. [Emphasis added]

Sorry, Mark.  No Charlie Daniels.  Elvis Presley — yes.  Johnny Ramone — yes.  Alice Cooper — yes.  But no Charlie Daniels.   And it has nothing to do with politics.  That’s just the way it is. 

If you have to ask why. . .



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