Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017

I don't know of you care a whole lot about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or not. I've always been sort of ambivalent about it. Rock and roll was at one time, after all, about rebellion against the "Establishment" and now that the genre has become "Old People's Music" (not my words, by the way) it has in a sense become part of said Establishment, in no more obvious a way than the fact that it has a museum dedicated to preserving its legacy.

Anyway, you'll probably be shocked to learn that once again Book of Kills has not been included in this year's nominees. For that reason alone I suppose I should ignore the Hall, but...look...it's fun to talk about at least, right? What artists are among those who'll be voted on for inclusion in the 2017 class? Well, there's Bad Brains. Yeah...I'm pretty sure they'll get in this year, huh? There's also Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, ELO, Jane's Addiction, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Janet Jackson, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC5, The Zombies, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, Tupac Shakur, and Yes.  You can vote if you want to, by the way. Go here. I declined to vote as a way of protesting the lack of inclusion of BOK for the 32nd year in a row. I'm guessing that Pearl Jam, Kraftwerk, Janet Jackson, Tupac, and (probably) The Zombies and maybe Depeche Mode are likely to make the cut this year, but who knows? (I don't know if there's a limit to the number of artists who can go in at one time or not.)

In other rock and roll news, the Noble Prize Committee has announced they have given up trying to contact Bob Dylan to see if he will accept his prize for literature or not. Bob, who's now 75, has performed live twice since winning the award last week but apparently refuses to accept calls from the Committee. I'm betting he doesn't need the $900,000 prize money, but that cash could, after all, probably be put to good charitable use in some way or another.

I'll be trying to finish up re-mixing HUMAN AGAIN today but I'm almost certain I won't get done.