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Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame just inducted Whitney & Biggie. A travesty or recognition it’s not all about white boys with guitars?

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Let's deal with the most obvious objection first – that at least half of the newcomers have nothing to do with the letters on the giant glass pyramid in Cleveland.

Rock 'n' roll was born of genre-mixing and "cultural appropriation." The rock 'n' roll anti-tradition tradition is a part of an Americana that has flowered and spread the world over, influencing cultures everywhere, and likewise bearing the influence of other cultures as well.

More than a music genre, rock 'n' roll is a cultural and musical movement. It began in the 1950s, as black American gospel music merged with more aggressive rhythm-and-blues beats. Rock 'n' roll has drawn on such musical traditions and cultural influences as gospel, blues, country, soul, and jazz. It has incorporated elements of classical orchestra music, while involving a broadening palette of technological innovations.

It's therefore wrong to limit rock 'n' roll to the genre of 'rock' music that emerged out of........

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