If you didn’t already believe that John Prine has been enjoying what now can only be described as a historic resurgence in popularity, try this news on for size. Tuesday morning (10/9), the annual nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were announced, and none other than John Prine is on the list.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
In the end, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame isn’t illegitimate because of who has been inducted into their institution, it’s illegitimate because it is an institution, formed around a genre of music whose roots are in rebelling against institutions. Conversely, where the Rock & Roll HOF found its fundamental weakness is where the Country Music HOF finds its strength.
The day after Vince Gill surprised Keith Urban with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry at his “All For The Hall” benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame, apparently Vince handed out another surprise invitation, this one to none other than the frontman and sole remaining founding member of Guns & Roses, Axl Rose.