> > > The three deserve it. Hopefully Yes gets in in the next few years
> > >http://www.futurerocklegends.com/2013_Nominees.php
> > > ?Albert King
> > > ?Chic
> > > ?Deep Purple
> > > ?Donna Summer
> > > ?Heart
> > > ?Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
> > > ?Kraftwerk
> > > ?The Marvelettes
> > > ?The Meters
> > > ?N.W.A
> > > ?The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
> > > ?Procol Harum
> > > ?Public Enemy
> > > ?Randy Newman
> > > ?Rush
> > This year, fans can vote too. The official fan ballot is at
> > RollingStone.com. Each fan does not get an individual vote in the
> > final tally; rather, the cumulative fan vote -- the fan's top 5
> > choices -- will be reduced to one ballot that will be added to the
> > other 600 or ballots from regular Hall of Fame voters. This means the
> > fan vote will constitute about 0.167% of the total vote -- but hey,
> > that's progress! Anyway, I voted for:
> > -Rush
> > -Heart
> > -Deep Purple
> > -Kraftwerk
> > -Public Enemy
> Nothing to do with the topic on hand, but I do wonder why not many
> people here talk about Western Classical music (past or contemporary).
> It's mostly Rock & Roll or Metallic or Hard Rock.
I seldom start music threads in RST these days, so for me it is a just
a matter of replying to whatever OT thread (often from Raja) happens
to capture my attention. The Rock HOF nominations were just announced
today, so the topic is timely. Also, this is a bit of a watershed
moment for Rush, which is a band I like (saw them in concert just
three weeks ago).
I have had some conversations about classical music in RST, but
certainly far fewer than about rock/pop, I admit. On the other hand,
I'm an amateur classical musician, so I don't rely on this forum as an
outlet for anything. Earlier this year I played the sax in a symphony
orchestra for the first time (Gershwin's "American in Paris"), which
I'll remember for much longer than any RST musical debate. :) I also
sometimes exchange emails with the local newspaper's classical music
critic. Last time, I wrote to him about my observation that a
particular melody in John Williams' "Superman" score was lifted from
"Death and Transfiguration" by Richard Strauss. Not sure that RST
cares much about stuff like that. :)
> Is it because not too many artists take up Western Classical music
> these days ?
In absolute terms, there are almost certainly more classically trained
musicians than ever before, especially considering that the primary
"market" now includes Europe, North America, parts of South America,
Australia, and parts of highly populous East Asia. However, the
influence and status of many of these musicians may be less than it
was several generations ago, due to many forms of both musical and
nonmusical (general recreational) competition. Also, at least in the
United States, the average nonmusician probably knows much less about
classical music than his grandparents did. "Music appreciation"
courses in schools have declined, and there is far less pressure than
in the last century to demonstrate one's societal class or
intellectual sophistication through knowledge of classical music.
> Does Yanni qualify as one ?
No, Yanni is New Age. However, there is some overlap in methods and
materials between classical and New Age music.