Gram Parsons not in the Country Music Hall of Fame?

images1.jpgThe world is full of injustice. Oil companies are reaping record profits while the little people shell out $3.42 a gallon for gas. No-talent hacks like Simon Cowell and Paris Hilton are richer than God, and yet, the Pixies have to go on a reunion tour just to make the house payments. It’s enough to make me want to drive my Geo Metro into a tree.

No doubt, these are vexing times. Along those lines, how is it that the cosmic cowboy Gram Parsons is not in the Country Music Hall of Fame? It’s a travesty … that’s what it is. The man who basically invented alt.-country and has influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones and the Band to Wilco is not there. The man who was a key contributor to the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, perhaps the first country-rock album, is on the outside looking in.

Perhaps it’s the “rock” part of that equation that makes Nashville nervous. If that’s the case, then what about Elvis or Johnny freakin’ Cash?

You have the power to right this wrong. By going to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/531164998?ltl=1178745550, you can sign a petition and get this man the recognition he deserves.

Hey there: if you want to e-mail me your favorite Gram Parsons’ recordings, I’d be glad to converse about them. Don’t be shy kids.

9 thoughts on “Gram Parsons not in the Country Music Hall of Fame?

  1. Peter,

    Thanks for the mention. I’m the guy that started the petition. An easier way to get to the petition might be to just go to http://www.atticweb.com/gramparsons (easier to remember if you’re telling someone and you can sign right there).

    For more on my thoughts on this, and FYI, see USAToday’s blog; my response is from "Atticweb" at the bottom of the page: http://blogs.usatoday.com/listenup/2007/05/country_hall_of.html

    You guys still in Wisconsin? I was born there and I have a place Up North (near Eagle River).

    Thanks,

    Will

  2. I hope everyone knows who you are petitioning. The Country Music Association (CMA), a trade organization, decides who is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with a secret board of music industry veterans. The museum is a not-for-profit organization that merely houses the plaques and works as an educational institution. Parsons is represented in the galleries…they even have his famous Nudie suit on display. I also saw a screening last year at the museum of his documentary…director Gandulf Hennig spoke. But, more power to you…Gram deserves to be in the Hall of Fame…as well as a number of other country rockers like Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis.

  3. Yes, I’m fully aware of all of this. I think the CMA running the museum is one of the main problems over the years. They allow, and truly push, "crossover" crap while ensuring one of the few deserving artists that have tried to move country music into the 21st century without changing its fundamental nature are banished. See my new essay top of blog section at: http://www.myspace.com/myster_jones. Also, let’s make that board a little less "secret." We might start to get somewhere.

  4. Yes, I’m fully aware of all of this. I think the CMA running the museum is one of the main problems over the years. They allow, and truly push, "crossover" crap while ensuring one of the few deserving artists that have tried to move country music into the 21st century without changing its fundamental nature are banished. See my new essay top of MySpace blog section. Also, let’s make that board a little less "secret." We might start to get somewhere.

  5. Yes, I’m fully aware of all of this. I think the CMA running the museum is one of the main problems over the years. They allow, and truly push, "crossover" crap while ensuring one of the few deserving artists that have tried to move country music into the 21st century without changing its fundamental nature are banished. See my new essay top of blog section at: http://www.myspace.com/myster_jones. Also, let’s make that board a little less "secret." We might start to get somewhere.

  6. Hey guys,
    Sorry it’s taken me so long to respondn. Been having computer problems as you can see by my tyuping here. I’ll try to make everyone aware of the situation ina new blog. And yes, we are still in Wisconsin. And I know all about eagle river. Played hockey there as a kid.
    Pete

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