The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have just revealed their “Class Of 2021” Nominations, so after some reminder premise on how one achieves such an “honor” I will line out the list for you in full and then offer up some personal editorial viewpoint. Let’s go.
The Criteria: Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). The General Public aka “Fans” get to participate in an online “Fan Voting” process but at the end of the day this really doesn’t amount to anything in terms of the induction process as it all sums up to one single vote.
The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 Are: Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, the Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick. Continue reading The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2021 Nominees Are:→
The news is slowly circulating about the passing of the legendary Sylvain Sylvain, an original member of the influential New York Dolls at age 69. The musician lost his battle with cancer and we are saddened by the loss. He joins the other members of the band who’ve left before him and leaves singer David Johansen as the last surviving member.
Growing up when I did I’d have to say that The Dolls were way ahead of my own music appreciation and I learned to enjoy what they brought to the table many years after their debut. They were surely influential and were the spark in the careers of bands like KISS who cited how much they learned from watching the band during their heyday. Sylvain’s death follows the news about the passing of bassist Tim Bogert. We send sincere condolences to his family, band mates and worldwide gathering of fans. Thanks for the music Syl, may you Rest In Peace.
Fans of the classic NYC based band The New York Dolls are going to have a bit of a personality crisis at the news with these two classic albums being reissues on special LP’s. Dig into the full press copy below as it lines out what you are needing to know.
The Press Release:
It’s been more than four decades since the New York Dolls first outraged mainstream critics and struck terror into the hearts of public guardians of taste and morality. In that time, the once-controversial quintet has been recognized as a seminal musical force and a key influence on the punk movement that came into being shortly after the Dolls’ breakup. Now, UMe celebrates the New York Dolls’ legacy with new limited-edition colored-vinyl editions of the band’s two classic ’70s LPs, New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon, out on May 5, 2017.
The new vinyl releases, available in strictly limited editions of 500 each and exclusively available through uDiscover, are as flamboyant visually as the albums’ musical contents. The self-titled disc boasts a unique opaque pink and black color scheme, while Too Much Too Soon has an equally audacious combination of opaque pink and clear. Both albums, which also feature their complete original cover art, are also available from UMe in standard black vinyl editions and can be purchased here.
Author: Bob Gruen Title: “New York Dolls: Photographs” Publisher: Abrams Books Release Date: 9/1/2008 Genre: Rock History Rating: 4.5/5
Photographer Bob Gruen lines out in his forward to the book “New York Dolls: Photographs” that in his life he has always found that one event leads to another and after a happenstance meeting with a manager friend of John Lennon, he caught another of this persons bands The New York Dolls at the Mercer Arts Center. The rest is as you say – history and since that time, the early happenings of the band and the name Bob Gruen were almost one in the same. The New York Dolls as a band were formed around 1971 and while only active with the members presented in this book for a couple of years, their impact and influence is still felt to this very day. They are cited as being founders of the Glam Rock movement by instilling fashion with high energy Rock and Roll shows and being instrumental in New York City’s becoming the music hot spot that it would become at this time. There are some who line out The Dolls being founders of Punk in some sense as well, and while most will agree that The Ramones hold this honor, it is true that The New York Dolls had some hand in this as well. If you are someone who needed an introduction to the members that we are focusing on, then let me line them out with David Johansen (vocals), Arthur “Killer” Kane (bass), Sylvain Sylvain and Johnny Thunders (guitarists) and Jerry Nolan (drums). Continue reading “New York Dolls: Photographs” by Bob Gruen→
We recently attended a performance by the legendary New York Dolls on a hot summer night at the South Street Seaport and that article can be enjoyed by clicking HERE. Now its time to share the full photo gallery that comes along with the narrative.