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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

These articles were written for the program when the artists were inducted.

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Chess Studios: Notes for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Retrospective and Interview by Don Snowden, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1987

THE ROCK 'N ROLL scheme of things has offered up any number of delineated "Sounds", those confluences of particularly musical elements that came to be ...

Herb Alpert: The House that Herb and Jerry Built: A&M Records

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 2006

THE HISTORY of American pop music is filled with great partnerships. Most of them, from Rodgers & Hart to Jam & Lewis, are songwriting teams ...

Black Sabbath

Profile by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 13 March 2006

BLACK SABBATH never intended to appeal to, never mind be understood by, rock critics. Nor were they designed for screaming teens, swooning debs, your mom, ...

Van Halen

Retrospective by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 12 March 2007

THE NATIONAL Weather Service labels a blizzard as severe when winds reach 45 miles her hour, snowfall is dense, and the temperature drops to ten ...


Retrospective by Deborah Frost, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, April 2009

HAPPY FAMILIES, Leo Tolstoy noted, are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. That goes double, if not quadruple, for bands, ...

The Jackson 5

Profile by Ben Fong-Torres, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1997

CALL THEM what you want – the Jackson 5, the J5, the Jacksons – they were, in the end, Michael and four of his brothers. ...

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers

Retrospective by Jeff Tamarkin, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1993

RONNIE SPECTOR, in her autobiography, Be My Baby, wrote, "A lot of entertainers can't or won't tell you where they got their style from. But ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Essay by Bill Bentley, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, December 2014

THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD Blues Band rocketed the blues straight into the stratosphere. One of the first integrated blues bands with mass appeal, the Paul Butterfield ...

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