The Beastie Boys "Sabotage"(1994)
Besides the group members themselves one person who was very happy about last Wednesday's announcement that the Beastie Boys were among the new inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame was long time hip-hop ambassador James Bernard. Bernard, a former editor at The Source magazine, is one of the members of the nominating committee for the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and, as such, responsible for nominating the Beastie Boys to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame for the 2012 list. Bernard told the Amoeblog that he was "really pleased" about the Beasties getting in but added that many of the other acts he has nominated have not been as fortunate in the final leg of the process. "We tried to get LL [Cool J] in last year and it didn't really work. We got Eric B & Rakim nominated this time," he said. "And Rakim was so happy but that [nominating] might be as far as we get."
Bernard added that he was also happy that the rap/funk fused rock band The Red Hot Chili Peppers also got into the upcoming Rock And Roll Hall of Fame awards but that he would like to see more hip-hop acts added and will continue to work on that happening in future years. In a prepared press statement last week about their Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction the Beasties collectively wrote that, "While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like The Slits, Bad Brains, X-Ray Spex, The Treacherous Three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us."
Other acts who made the final list for the 2012 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame include 1960s British group The Small Faces, 60's UK singer-songwriter Donovan, hard rockers Guns N' Roses, and songstress Laura Nyro. Meanwhile guitarist Freddie King was cited for his early influence on rock and roll. The actual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 14 in Cleveland, Ohio. More info here. Visit each of the three Amoeba stores for Beastie Boys' CDs, records, and DVDs and find numerous Beastie Boys titles from the online Amoeba store here.