Courtney Love is slamming the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for “sexism” while protesting the lack of female and black artists the Cleveland-based organization has highlighted.
Love wrote in a scathing op-ed published Friday in the Watchman.
“If too few black artists are being recruited, and too few women of color are being recruited, the voting process needs fixing. Music is an ever-evolving life force — and they can’t keep up.”
The damning essay by the 58-year-old “Miss Narcissist” lists industry pioneers and visionaries like Sister Rosita Tharp, Chaka Khan, and Kate Bush as women who have been ignored for years by the Rock Hall Nominating Board and voting body.
Love noted that Bush, for example, secured her fourth nomination for HOF last month, despite being eligible in 2004.
“That year, Prince was drafted—deservedly, in his first year of eligibility—along with Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, Traffic, Bob Seger, Dells, and George Harrison,” Love wrote.
“Rock Hall co-founder and then-Chairman of the Board Jan Wenner (also a co-founder of Rolling Stone) was hired himself. But Bush didn’t make it on the ballot until 2018 — and she still didn’t get involved.”
The Post has contacted representatives for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for comment.
Hall of Rock formed in 1983. The artists became eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Ballot papers are sent to an international voting panel of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry.
thanks for the Netflix’s “Stranger Things” Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” got a second life and expanded its influence to a new generation of fans.
“It doesn’t matter that she was the first woman in pop history to write every single song on the first million-selling single,” Love added for Bush and her 1978 album “The Kick Inside.”
She continued, “It took over 30 years for the Hall of Rock to induct Nina Simone and Carole King.” “Linda Ronstadt shot her debut in 1969 and became the first female headliner yet to be cast alongside Nirvana in 2014.”
She added, “Most egregiously, Tina Turner was inducted as a solo artist three decades after she earned the score alongside her abuser, Ike.”
Love — the former lead singer of Hole and widow of the late Nirvana Kurt Cobain — also claimed only 8.48% It is a Rock Hole inductee and only nine of its 31 board members are women.
Why are women marginalized by Hall of Fame Rock? …” she asked. “The making of The Rock Hall canon oozes not only sexual vigilance, but also purposeful ignorance and hostility.”
“Induction affects artists’ ticket prices, their performance collateral, and the quality of their re-released campaigns (if they are reissued at all),” Love said. “These opportunities are life-changing—the difference between touring secondary market casinos opening for a second-rate comedian, or headlining respected festivals.”
Love also argued the 2023 nominations, which were revealed in early February, “provided an annual reminder of how exceptional women are to make it to the first boys’ club” as more women are included in this year’s nomination category than ever before.
Bush, Cyndi Lauper, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, Meg White of the White Stripes, and New Order’s Jillian Gilbert are among the possible nominees.
“If Rock Hall isn’t willing to consider the ways in which it replicates the violence of structural racism and sexism that artists face in the music industry, if it can’t honor what visionary women artists have created, innovated, revolutionized, and contributed to popular music — well, let it go.” To hell in a handbag,” Love concluded.
I shared the article to Instagram on Friday, tagging The Guardian and claiming: “guardian censor my line” Powered by a governance board made of the most intelligent music, a virtual black hole from hell. ”
She continued, “I’ve never used the word ‘marginalized’ applied to 51 percent of the world’s population (woman censorship! Is that why people use the subset?), I wondered about the popular blogging platform.
The Post has contacted representatives for Love and The Guardian for comment.
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