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Friday, April 22, 2011

Exclusive: The Rock Hall Addresses That Go-Go's Problem

Posted By on Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM

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You may have heard that the Go-Go's aren't too happy about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's decision to leave them out of its upcoming Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit, which opens on May 13.

The group's bassist, Kathy Valentine, has been tweeting like crazy that the Rock Hall's oversight may have something to do with the fact that the all-girl group recorded only three albums back when they mattered.

Or maybe there's some other deeper conspiracy (like the one keeping Rush out of the Rock Hall ... or so say conspiracy theorists).

But hold on a minute, says the Rock Hall. They're finally opening up about all this. The Rock Hall tells Scene the group was invited to participate in the exhibit but, in typical rock-star fashion, they never heard back from the band:

The Go-Go’s played a pivotal role in the history of rock and roll. They were the first all-female band to make it to the top of all the major charts with songs they wrote themselves. If you want to have a serious discussion about Women in Rock, you have to include the Go-Go’s.

Our Women Who Rock exhibit this year is not intended to be a survey of the top female bands and artists. It’s meant to shed light on the myriad stories of female artists and the ways that their music shaped our society. That being said, we do think that the Go-Go’s are an important part of that history. Our team made several attempts to get them to participate in this exhibit, but never heard a response.

We cannot understate our desire to have the Go-Go’s voice in our program this year. While the exhibit itself is fully-designed and being installed now, our plan is to have a year-long series of live events, educational programs and other discussions. It’s important for the Go-Go’s to have their voice in this program and we fully intend to continue to reach out and seek their involvement.

We don't want to take sides on this, because we think Beauty and the Beat is a really good album and it's a great thing to preserve rock history the way the Rock Hall does. But after dealing with many, many absentminded rock stars over the years who weren't around for a scheduled interview or showed up late for a meeting, we're gonna take the Rock Hall's word on this one.

After all, if they can make room for someone like Melissa Etheridge in the exhibit (yeah, we get it, she rocks, but she kinda sucks), surely they reached out to the awesome Go-Go's. —Michael Gallucci

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