Undoubtedly in response to repeated complaints about its clubbiness, or perhaps in deference to the proliferation of participatory culture in general and American Idol in particular, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is allowing fans a vote for the first time. Tomorrow is the last day to voice your choice. Currently Rush is in first place. Yes, Rush — the same band that denied the Runways a sound check and mocked their performance from the side of the stage in Detroit in 1977. For years, fans of the overwrought Canadian trio have decried their exclusion from the Cleveland citadel. I’m sure they’re rallying to rectify the situation.
I’ve made my own public complaints about the gender divide of the Cock Rock Hall. (This Salon screed is about to be republished in the new edition of Best Music Writing.) I’m not going to tell you how I think you should vote — you can probably figure it out. I know the public vote will still play second fiddle to the official nominating sausage fest. But last I heard, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were in fourth place. And you know I love rock and roll.