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Thanks Frank in Ohio. One of the great things about Kubrick movies is the music. All his movies have amazing soundtracks.


One of my Bath-tub songs. Written by the great (and drunk) Shane McGowan.

*The Young Dubliners - A Pair of Brown Eyes*





The House of Baba-Yaga and The Great Gate At Kiev from the Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.

*Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra conducted by Al Capone*.




A joyful performance of Copland's Hoedown.

*Asian Youth Orchestra*




Best Wishes

Metairie Road






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At sixteen, Schacher caught his first professional break when he was invited to replace bassist Frank Lugo in Question Mark and the Mysterians, then riding their sole hit "96 Tears." During this stint, he was approached to join former Terry Knight and the Pack drummer Don Brewer and singer/guitarist Mark Farner---who had been working as the Fabulous Pack but sought to change musical direction---to form a new power trio. Intrigued by the power trio concept, Schacher joined the new lineup, and almost from the moment they played the 1969 Atlanta International Pop Festival, inspiring a rousing reception and fast-spreading word of mouth, they achieved international fame as Grand Funk Railroad.

Question Mark & the Mysterians - 96 Tears

Grand Funk Railroad - Inside Looking Out

Edited by: Frank-------Ohio on Sep 30, 2011 8:34 PM
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What, No Grand Funk Railroad Again in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?




Thanks for your comments. We receive literally thousands of emails every year like yours about hundreds of different artists. Consequently, part of this communication is a standard response as to how the induction process works. First of all, the only reason that Grand Funk has not been inducted is that they did not get enough votes to date to make the final ballot. There are no conspiracies and no one has veto power. Like all other Halls of Fame, there is no method or vehicle for fans to nominate or vote for candidates.


Please remember the following: Everyone personalizes everything about rock and roll. This is another way of saying that many fans believe that their opinion is uniquely compelling and definitive. Without metrics (see below), the definition of "rock and roll," who is or was important, and who should be inducted is inevitably subjective. As a result, our Nominating and Voting Committees are replete with Inductees (in fact, they are the largest bloc of voters). So we built our Voting Committee around the most qualified group possible: the living Inductees, which number around 400 at this time. Thus, folks like Bruce, Metallica, Clapton, Ozzy, Prince and the others are the difference makers. With that overview, here’s how the process works. Nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame is not about popularity, record sales, which label the artist is on, or anything other than the process below. Unlike sports, statistics are not relevant. To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence. We consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction.


Like it or not, the evaluation of these factors is subjective and can only be answered by the votes of our nominators and voters. In addition, even if an artist meets the requirements above, it doesn’t mean that they get inducted automatically. They still need to get the support of both Committees.


The entire nomination and induction process is coordinated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in New York City. Artists can be inducted in four categories: Performer, Early Influence, Non-Performer (Ahmet Ertegun Award) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Award for Recording Excellence. The latter three are evaluated and decided by separate committees for each category.


Unlike the other three categories, the selection of Performers is a two-step process. It begins with a Nominating Committee consisting of a diverse panel of living inductees, journalists, educators, historians, noted musicians, industry heads, etc. Each member receives a guide noting those eligible for the first time, those who have been nominated unsuccessfully before and all other eligible artists. Virtually every significant artist of the past 50 years has likely been discussed at this level. A large majority are very qualified but have yet to get the votes to make the final ballot. Some have even made it on the ballot numerous times, but have not received sufficient votes to be inducted.


Those nominated are sent to a Voting Committee of about 600 people (all living inductees, educators, journalists, historians, music industry management, musicians, etc.) around the world. Again, the factors to be considered are impact, innovation and influence on this music that we broadly define as rock and roll, as well as their overall musical excellence.


Gold records, number one hits, and million sellers are not appropriate standards for evaluation. Standards for artistic merit cannot be objective, because such standards are historically and culturally constructed. Artistic merit can’t be measured by stats. What is valued as good music or visual art or literature changes over time, depending on cultural conditions and who is deciding.


Those receiving the highest number of votes are inducted into the Hall. Usually, this means five to seven new performing members each year.


Having said all this, I believe that all worthy candidates will be inducted, just not always when they or their fans deem timely. This phenomenon is not unique to us. The sports halls of fame have had many great stars that do not get inducted in their early years of eligibility or for many years to come.


Peace & Soul,

Rock & Roll!




Terry Stewart


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


Edited by: Frank-------Ohio on Oct 5, 2011 7:44 PM

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