Mar 102008

They’ve got Madonna

We don’t want to overlook the significance of tonight’s competing celebration of lifetime achievements in rock, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum‘s induction of Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Gamble and Huff, Dave Clark 5, and Little Walter into its sacred halls. Months ago, we contacted an old friend, who’s long been the curator of the Hall in Cleveland for a behind-the-scenes look at this museum. Our friend is a humble, self-effacing man who was very busy back then and continues to be very busy today. To our mutual regret, he was unable to find the time to answer our questions in time for tonight’s ceremony, but there’s no reason why the questions should go to waste. As a tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, I will invite our very own Townspeople to answer these questions in our friend’s stead. Perhaps when our friend has the time, he’ll jump in and provide his own answers.

Let’s get to the questions!

RTH: How do you acquire pieces for the Hall? Are there key criteria you follow? Roughly, how much of the collection is pieces you seek out vs pieces that are offered?

RTH: Is there an acquisition that most excited you? Did you get to touch it?

RTH: Is there an acquisiton that’s most disturbed you, that you feared handling (eg, Ozzy‘s headless pigeon skeleton, Keith Richards‘ headband)?

RTH: Is there an item or items you’d most like to acquire but have been unable to do so to date? What’s the hold up?

RTH: I assume bands and managers try to offer up their “pieces of history” – do you recall any that were pathetically far from historic? Feel free to name names.

RTH: Have you ever dropped and broken something headed for the collection? Did anyone notice the cracks when you glued it back together?

RTH: Thinking of Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and their gambling scandels, is there anything a musician could do to get banned from consideration for the Hall of Fame?

RTH: Does the Hall of Fame recognize and assess Rock Crimes committed during an nominee’s career (eg, the Ja-Bo collaboration on “Dancing in the Streets”)?

RTH: During your lunch breaks, do you and your colleagues argue over who should or shouldn’t be in the Hall, or do you just talk about American Idol, like most other people in work do at lunch these days?

RTH: If a power trio were being formed with Ginger Baker on drums and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Experience Music Project Museum duking it out for the lead guitar spot, who would play lead and who would have to settle for bass?

RTH: Have you ever had the opportunity to thank Clive Davis or Jan Wenner for anything?

RTH: What’s the real story behind Dean Clean‘s drum sticks getting yanked out of its display case at the Hall? Did the guy cross you a final time or something?


  7 Responses to “An Open Interview Originally Intended for the Curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum”

  1. alexmagic

    RTH: Is there an item or items you’d most like to acquire but have been unable to do so to date?

    The Glass Eye of Murry Wilson

  2. Mr. Moderator

    Hello Cleveland! How’s it going at the RnR HoF? I’m spent from the Foyer of Fame ceremony, but I’ve just tuned into VH1 Classic now to see Justin Timberlake induct Madonna. All this guy’s missing is his Mousekateer ears.

  3. Mr. Moderator

    Wasn’t Mike Watts part of that Ciccone Youth single from years ago? Poor Iggy could have done a better job with this moment. His cover of “Ray of Light”, a Madonna song I like, sounds like a weak Psychedelic Furs song. And that’s that…

  4. Mr. Moderator

    What’s this kitchen Pee Wee’s Playhouse scene? Did someone forget to cut to the commercials?

  5. Mr. Moderator

    Check out Mellencamp – class act!

  6. BigSteve

    Lou Reed sure saved himself the trouble of writing a speech by reading more or less at random from Cohen’s works, then Cohen himself came out and one-upped him by quoting himself at length.

    Tom Hanks set a new standard for induction speeches, but boy that Dave Clark is one funny-looking guy.

    I’m glad Mellencamp played The Authority Song. It rocks, but it does NOT need a violin.

    They should go back to taped highlights. The show does not need to be live, and some speeches — I’m looking at you Madonna — were way too long. In general this was one of the weaker shows and one of the weakest graduating classes.

  7. alexmagic

    I only saw a few minutes of the whole thing here and there, but saw what was important (besides Billy Joel being annoying, as usual): they showed a pre-TV Hall of Fame clip of Jagger/Springsteen/Mike Love/Jeff Lynne/John Fogerty/Harrison/dozens more doing “Satisfaction” and I really hope it turns up online today so it can be examined by RTH. In advance, I’ll say, Ja-Bo meet Ja-Bru.

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