The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a place in music history that only the most deserving artists should get into. Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a big deal to a lot of people because it means that people realize your influence in the music industry. Every year people get excited to hear if their favorite artist has been nominated so they can go vote for them to get into the prestigious induction ceremony. This week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has put out the list for the 2011 nominations, and it is surprising.
According to Rolling Stone, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, the artists nominated for entry into the prestigious canon of celebrated rockers. This year, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Donovan and Neil Diamond have first-time nominations. The list includes previously nominated acts LL Cool J, J. Geils Band, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Chic, Doctor John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love and Chuck Willis. The artist must have put out a single before 1985 to be nominated, and the artists with the most votes will be announced in December.
I think Cooper should get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a 2011 inductee because he is a classic rock artist. Cooper basically set the stage for what we know as “shock rock,” which paved the way for artists like Marilyn Manson. Cooper was the first artist who combined gothic fashion and dark lyrics with mainstream rock music.
When you see an artist such as Manson or Lady Gaga, you cannot help but think of the true starter of that type of music, who is Alice Cooper. Cooper also had very elaborate stage designs and used a lot of pyrotechnics in his shows, which was really creepy and wild. Cooper is just one of a kind when it comes to the rock music scene, and he has contributed so much to the music community. One song of his that stands out to me was “Poison,” which climbed the rock charts and made Cooper a household name. With his on-stage antics and presence, he is truly one of the more creative rock artists of his time.
Cooper’s music has affected me personally in many ways, such as his eclectic style and shocking entertainment. When I was younger, I was really into the gothic music and style, which is something that Cooper helped create among the youth. Cooper was one of the first to wear eyeliner and have the black eye shadow appearance all the time. He always wore black and made it a point to be different from the other rock musicians of that time.
When you talk about depression, anger, angst and teenage rebellion, then you cannot ever forget about the music that Cooper created. Cooper helped me personally through a lot of hard times, and whenever I felt bad, I would just play his music. I am not a fan of rock music beyond the year 2000, and often love listening to the rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Cooper basically made it okay to be different and made it okay to look different from other people; he made something unpopular into something beautiful.
I always feel good when I listen to his music because it reminds me that we can all look different and yet we all have something to offer. I am also a big fan of Manson, and know that Manson would not have been as famous if it was not for people like Cooper paving the way. Cooper deserves to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he is a symbol of a genre of music and a symbol of a time we have all had in our life. Shocking music and shocking on-stage entertainment is just another way to create music and get people to listen to what you have to say. Cooper will always be one of my favorite artists, and I feel that he is a truly genuine person who enjoys entertaining people with his shocking persona.
Andy Greene, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The 2011 Nominees”, Rolling Stone