SOUL-PATROL COVERS THE
ROCK n' ROLL HALL OF FAME
Since Black Americans invented Rock n' Roll music, we thought it was appropriate for us to cover this event each year, and give our readers the TRUTH...
Although there is no definitive date for the actual start of Rock n' Roll, we do know that it started to become popular in the mid 1950's, shortly after the famous Brown vs. Board of Education US Supreme Court decision, declaring that SEGGREGATION was against the law in the United States.
If you think about it, Rock n' Roll as a popular form of culture may not have been possible, were it not for that decision. During the 1950's Rock n' Roll itself became a force for integration of the races and it was the music bringing people together.
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Scroll down to read and hear our coverage from the 2006 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductions
2006 Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
Just got in from NYC for our coverage of the 2006 RRHOF Inductions. I'm whipped (as you can see from the look on my face in that picture of me with the legendary Clarence Clemmons) and I gotta go to work in the morning so here is a quickie summary of what we did:
THE O'JAYS: BRAND NEW ROCK N' ROLL HALL OF FAMERS
- Interview with the family of Miles Davis + drummer Lenny White
- Interview David Peck & Rob Bowman ("The Real Thing: In Performance 1964-1981")
- Press conferences with: The Davis family, Herbie Hancock, Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss & Leela James
- Hung out with the Davis family & Wallace Roney at the Village Vanguard
I was glad to have our friend Greer Brooks-Muldoon was on board to help me out since she is such a big Miles fan and because of her knowledge of some of the artists that I didn't really have a detailed knowledge of:
It was kinda cool to watch the reaction from the folks in the Miles Davis camp to meeting her in person, since they only knew her as "HALFaTrip" from the "Dark Magus" page on the soul-patrol.com website:
A few things we didn't get to do that I wanted to...
- Didn't get to talk with Lynyrd Skynyrd
(I wanted to ask them if there could ever come a time when they could stop using the imagery of the Confederate flag)
- Didn't get to talk with Herbie Hancock
(I wanted to ask him about the thought process behind the composition of the Miles tribute band)
- Didn't get to talk with Metalica
(I wanted to ask them about the status of their anti file sharing case)
Overall, this was the very worst RRHOF Inductions I have attended, in my six years of covering the event:
- As you all know this was a very weak set of artists
- It was disorganized
- It was shallow
- Everything was kept a secret till the last possible moment
BEST THINGS: The two hour long interview with the Davis family & Lenny White. The rehearsal for the Wilson Pickett Tribute. Talking with Clarence Clemons. Peck/Bowman Interview
WORST THING: The decision not to use more of the available players from the Miles Davis 70's band as a part of the Miles Davis Tribute
Soul-Patrol Celebrates Miles Davis Induction Into The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame
We also did a special edition of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter that focused on the 1970's period of Miles Davis career. We review some of the key albums and also do a special internet radio broadcast of one of Miles's LIVE albums from that period. I knew that since the announcement was initially made about Miles Davis being inducted into the RRHOF, that it hadn't been treated properly. In fact there were those who had even tried to marginalize the accomplishment by saying things like...
Miles, yeah he should be in a jazz hall of fame, but NOT the RRHOF..
The event will be televised on VH-1.
If you watch:
- I'm sure that they will clean up the "mess" via the magic of editing
- Don't believe the "hype". It was awful
Hopefully next year they will address some of these issues...
--Bob Davis (3/14/2006: 3am)
RRHOF 2006 - Miles Beyond: Inteview with the Family of Miles Davis: Vince Wilburn Jr, Vince Wilburn Sr, Lenny White, Darell Porter, Paul Scott, and Cheryl Davis. It's TWO HOURS of...unscripted Miles Davis from multiple perspectives from the people who knew him best....
Interview with Soul-Patrollers David Peck and Rob Bowman. Topics: Marvin Gaye The Artist, Phases of Marvin Gaye's career, Funk Bros, 20 Grand/Flame Show Bar, RRHOF Induction process, James Burton, Soul to Soul, Wilson Pickett, Voices of East Harlem, American Folk Blues, Muddy Waters, Wattstax, Quincy Jones, Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, Louis Armstrong, Temptations, Lennon/McCartney, Saturday Night Live, Robert Johnson, Malaco, Stax Box Set, Booket T. & MG's, Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, History of African American Gospel, Soulsville USA, Stax Museum, John Lee Hooker, T Bone Walker, BlackByrds, Fantasy Records, Chareles Earland, Little Richard, The process, problems/oppurtunities of Documenting Black Music History Thru Video, Books and Film, (Blues, Funk, Jazz and Soul), Passing the history along to younger people, Black folks talking loud and saying nothing and more...
We have now been covering this event for the past 6 years. Some folks wonder why we do so. I mean after all, isn't this something that is really just reserved for white folks? Listen to this audio commentary from our own Greer Brooks Muldoon, from the Waldorf-Astoria and learn why it's important that we cover the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
Listen to the Mighty Dells spokesperson CHUCK BARKSDALE, MICKEY MCGILL (MMDells) and ROBERT TOWNSAND address the following topics with the mainstream press: Five Heartbeats movie, Lack of radio airplay for Classic soul artists, current artists, other artists that should be in the RRHOF, their 50 years of longevity as a group and more...
Soul-Patrol.Net Radio (Kevin Amos - Funkoverlord) interviewed Terry Stewart (President/CEO of the RRHOF Museum) during this past monday during the 2004 inductions. According to Terry's research the term 'Rock n' Roll' first appears in African American songs dating back to 1910 and the term itself is an African American term dating back to the 1800's.
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