Good job finding that, Jon!
Similarly, the "Plain Dealer" in Cleveland is having its annual readers poll. It looks like they're doing things a little differently and more-"Web 2.0ish" this year, asking people to post their write-in choices via blog comments (a la the "Rolling Stone" poll).
I'm currently having trouble actually being able to post a comment, so the web page might still be prototypical, but here is the URL at the moment:
http://www.cleveland.com/music/index.ss ... rving.html
I also can't find a deadline listed anywhere, so I'm just going to wait and see if anything is indicated in tomorrow's print edition before posting the URL all over the place like on the web site or blog...they also might print an easier-to-pass-along URL, maybe even one that leads to a page that actually has a write-in form, who knows.
As for this year's nominations, I'm not sure if there's anything I can say that I didn't convey on the blog already (everyone interested in the campaign IS following the blog, right?? www.allthingsyank.com/blog
). Personally the only artist I am actually excited for is Genesis, as I've been a fan of theirs for a long time and feel that their lack of a nomination over the years has been a bigger snub than some of the other artists that people have routinely griped about. There is clearly some sort of bias there against the late-'70s/early-'80s period.
And really, Laura Nyro?? I mean, come on. "Polka Party!" has sold more copies than her entire catalog combined.
I already mentioned this on the blog, but on Al's birthday we're going to have an online show of solidarity: The First Annual Make the Rock Hall "Weird" Tweet-In.
It's going to be pretty simple: just send a tweet to the Rock Hall museum's official Twitter account (rock_hall) and request that Al be inducted. Granted the museum doesn't make those decisions, but it is meant to be more symbolic than anything, a virtual version of the KISS march from a couple of years ago.
And of course, it is strongly suggested that everyone send a final greeting card to the Rock Hall Foundation so that it arrives on October 23 (even if you have already sent one)...and yeah, it would be nice to send another card to some guy in Hollywood as well.
I'm going to try to promote the Tweet-In a bit through the usual media channels, but I wanted to ask for opinions first about one specific part....
I am going to try to arrange for some top 40 FM stations across the country to play some Al during the day on October 23. Some probably already would have being his birthday and all, but if we can coordinate it to tie in with the Tweet-In, all the better.
Now, would everyone prefer I try to get them to play an Al track at one specific time all across the country (like, for example, 3PM EST)? Or one specific time in each time zone? Or whenever the stations can find the time? I'm not yet leaning any one specific way, as each option has pros and cons, but I wanted to see what everyone else thought first. After all, this is an event for everyone to participate in and enjoy.