The Importance Of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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Rock and Roll People aren’t just born into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it takes hard work and determination to succeed through overwhelming circumstances to achieve this goal. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the hallmark of rock stars’ career. The following artist that are to be discussed in this essay have done just that. Rock and roll became the music industry it is today because of the artists and bands that dared to explore different types of genres in rock. The following inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that will be discussed in this essay are N.W.A., John Lennon, and Les Paul. The first inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that will be discussed is N.W.A. The group consisted of Eazy-E (Eric Wright), Dr. Dre…show more content…
John Lennon’s solo career was marked by experimentation and political activism. Most importantly, he proved that musicians could successfully reinvent and transform themselves, and carve out success on their own. To begin with John Lennon was a poor student and lasted only a year at art school, so thankfully music was a good back up plan. John Lennon would go on to put out albums such as “Power to the People” single and Imagine LP. These albums were more political and musically adventurous. Imagine was also marked by brutal honesty, between Lennon's admissions of cruel behavior on "Jealous Guy" and alleged digs at Paul McCartney throughout "How Do You Sleep?". Like everyone else in life, John Lennon had his ups and downs throughout the 1970’s. The albums Sometime In New York City and Mind Games did not replicate the success of his first two albums. Lennon was also trying to fight off being deported by the Nixon administration in 1973 due to his stance in politics. Things started to look up when his single “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” hit No. 1 in 1974. On December 8th, 1980, Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon outside his apartment in New York City. The entire world stopped to grief, and musical tributes poured in from all corners for years to come. John Lennon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in…show more content…
I previously thought that Les Paul was a brand of guitar, not an actual person. Les Paul had a knack for inventing when he built his first crystal radio at age nine; which was about the time he started playing guitar. By age 13 he was performing as a country music guitarist and working diligently on sound-related inventions. It is safe to say that rock and roll as we all know and love it today would not be the same if not so for the invention of the electric guitar. In 1941, Paul built his first solid body electric guitar, and he continued to make improvements to the guitar throughout the decade. Les Paul would go on to redefine the technology of sound recording. The guitar that bears his name the “Gibson Les Paul” was his crowning achievement. He experimented with different designs until he had his non-vibrating guitar body, which he called “The Log.” Gibson Guitars initially turned him down, calling his invention “a broomstick with pickups”. He was beaten to the marketplace by Leo Fender, whose Fender Broadcaster was introduced in 1948. Over the ensuing decades Les Paul has remained active on all fronts. He recorded a Grammy-winning album of instrumental duets with Chet Atkins, Chester and Lester, in 1976. Les Paul was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in

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