Re-Posted from September 15, 2006
Personally, I couldn't give a flyin' eff about the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame. The music industry people who run it are a bunch of bum-kissing jerks. But I've always loved Brian Epstein, and this is why I'm looking in the direction of that place.
People worldwide access the RRHOF to be told who made a difference in the evolution of modern music. They end up with no idea about who Brian was or what he did. Incredibly for me, many people I know (including my own husband) [edit: I am now divorced as of November 2008] didn't even recognize his name until I informed them. That's so unfair. And that's basically why I began caring personally. Somebody has to.
The music industry thrives on money and power. Unless some other kind of pressure to induct an individual is applied, the deciders and voters do it only to fill their pockets and return favors.
The RRHOF's main income is brought in by the annual induction ceremony. The people who pay to attend come to see lots of LIVE celebrities show up and accept the awards. Eppy loses because he's not alive.
Also, the music industry people who decide and vote in this thing almost always personally know the people they're voting for. They're kissing butt, paying back favors and slapping backs.
There are very few (if any) decision-making voters who actually knew Brian. Inducting Brian would put no money in any of their pockets. Eppy loses because he's not profitable for them, nor can he pull any strings for them.
Well, besides writing stuff on the internet here, I don't know what else to do about this except to point people to Martin Lewis's MBE website to sign the petition he promised to use when he gets enough signatures. He seems to be ignoring it lately, since his push to sell his Rhino Rediscovery version of A Cellarful Of Noise is over. (By the way, Mr Lewis's additions to Cellarful are super, excellent! If you don't own it already, borrow the book at the library or something and read his text! I only wish his campaign hadn't petered out!)
My main passion is to someday see the day when the name Brian Epstein is every bit as recognizable and loved as the names of the other Beatles. Also, of course, to restore the dignity and respect he deserves.
Despite my opinion of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," that place is probably going to be around for a long long time. An ungodly number of people worldwide will trust it to be their only source to identify the pioneers of modern music. And they will walk away having no clue about the man who changed the world by bringing us the Beatles.
MARTIN LEWIS SAYS:
There is a section in the Hall of Fame specifically for "Non-Performers" - and Brian is NOT in it. He has been ignored every year since he was eligible. Make no mistake - it was the Beatles that had the talent. But without Brian's skills and tireless endeavors - for all their stunning talent - the Beatles would never have made it outside of Liverpool. Not in the Britain of the early 60's. And that's the absolute conviction of George Martin, Derek Taylor, Klaus Voorman, Alistair Taylor, Sid Bernstein, Robert Freeman, Walter Shenson, Billy J. Kramer, Ray Coleman and everyone else in a position to really know.
Please join George Martin and over 20,000 other admirers - by signing the petition to respectfully urge the Hall Of Fame to correct this oversight. And please encourage every Beatles fan you know to do the same.
For more information please visit "M.B.E. stands for Mister Brian Epstein...".
"...Please make it a little project of yours to recruit all your Beatle-loving family, friends, work colleagues or schoolmates to the cause. Our target is at least 100,000 signatures! The Hall of Fame would find it hard to ignore that!
Remember - There's Nothing You Can Do That Can't Be Done!...
...So if you love the Beatles - and are grateful that they ever touched your life - please give 30 seconds of your time and touch this sentence."
~ Back to Christine ~
Like I said, I don't know what else I can do to save Brian Epstein from virtual oblivion.
In the dozen or so years that BrianEpstein.com has been online, not even a third of the signatures have been collected.
And unfortunately, all this may be an exercise in futility, since evidence exists that online petitions aren't very effective anyway.
It wouldn't hurt a bit, though, for everyone to pass on the word ~ if you give a damn.