This is part 1 of a 7 part series by Guest Writer Paul Beauvais on a few of the women who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Why isn't Cyndi Lauper in the Rock Hall? My best guess is that her versatility is held against her: she can sing superbly in many genres, so it's easy to ignore her rock and roll
pedigree. Her earliest work was in cover bands playing Joplin, Airplane,
and Zep, and her first demo tape led to a contract with The Allman Brothers'
manager. But I hear an even earlier rock influence in her work: Ronnie Spector
and the girl groups of the early sixties. That was music that never meant much
to me, but Lauper managed to warp it into something fine, something funny,
something feminist. The Rock Hall pretty much made her the poster child for
their "Women Who Rock" exhibit, but they seem to be drawing the line
at actually making her a member of the club. Let's hope that changes soon.
|Lauper was in the HOF "Women Who Rock" exhibit.|
Isn't it time for her to be in the Hall permanently?
While Yoko Ono looks on, Lauper sings
One more--I never get tired of watching this one--Cyndi sings Joni Mitchell's "Carey"