|Rock and Roll Hall of Fame|
|Genre||Online campaign for Duran Duran's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame|
|Museum location||Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (DDTTRH) is an online campaign with a petition, founded by Kirk Harrington in 2009.
On 31 December 2015, Kirk Harrington stated that DDTTRH will no longer mean 'Duran Duran to the Rock Hall'. It will now mean 'Duran Duran to Timeless Rock History'. DDTTRH may be looking to hand off the petition to someone else, or take what is there and share it with those interested in a creative way.
About the campaign and petitionEdit
The aim of the campaign and petition is to get Duran Duran inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
The museum is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and others who have, in some major way, influenced the music industry through the genre of rock music.
A handful of artists are inducted into the Hall of Fame in an annual induction ceremony, historically held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The first group of inductees, inducted on 23 January 1986, included James Brown, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). However, fans have no input concerning who is nominated or elected to the hall. Beginning in 2009, the annual induction ceremony moved to Cleveland on a rotating basis.
The DDTTRH online campaign began in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of the Rock Hall. Kirk Harrington, the Lead Effort Organizer and member of the DDTTRH council was disturbed to learn that Duran Duran were not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In March 2010, the first staff member Jason Henry (YouTube specialist) was added. Sometime after this, DDTTRH was led by a council of 4 permanent members, who were LadyAslan (former publicist), Kandice Purpura (former Petition Duchess), Christian Helwig (internet sites liaison), and Kirk Harrington (the founding member). Towards the end of 2012, the council of 4 disbanded and the group is currently led by Kirk Harrington (who has named himself Captain) with Christian Helwig as First Officer. DDTTRH receives varying support from various people...Josie Beaudoin (its long-time editor) helps with editing official announcements and press releases, Jake Crawford from Australia (an experienced video creator) helps with DDTTRH Youtube videos, Pranav (owner of Radio Creme Brulee Boston) provides promotion support as needed. Others who are considered lifelong Duranies/super fans or direct friends of the band (you know who you are!) also provide moral support for the effort.
DDTTRH believe Duran Duran know of their effort, however are not openly supportive of it because of the nature of it (as they cannot be seen to be influencing it in any way).
DDTTRH also received press, mainly from city papers in the US and Canada as well as nationally through Yahoo News: http://beta.news.yahoo.com/blogs/cleveland/two-cleveland-fans-boost-support-duran-duran-weird-182634444.html
According to the DDTTRH website, support for the effort include names such as Nile Rodgers, Owen Paul Mcgee (Ex-Simple Minds), Scarlet Soho, Neil Carlill of Chicanery, Your Vegas, Scissor Sisters, Eric Alexandrakis, Nathan Stack, Julie Ann Rhodes, and Stéfan Le Clair. In the fan community: Andy Golub (Durandy), Duranasty (Duran Duran Italy), Gimme a Wristband, NUNO and Poptrash.de.
Changes to DDTTRHEdit
On 31 December 2015, founding member by Kirk Harrington issued a statement on the DDTTRH website that the online campaign with a petition was changing.
Kirk Harrington wrote (edited version of two blogs):
No longer will DDTTRH mean 'Duran Duran to the Rock Hall'. It will now mean 'Duran Duran to Timeless Rock History'.
We may be looking to hand off the petition to someone else, or take what is there and share it with those interested in a creative way. For now it will remain open. Of course we would love to continue hearing messages of support. Feel free to to continue to message us @DDTTRH on Twitter or direct your friends directly to the petition.
What's important is Duran Duran's music and how it inspires fans and brings us together. The only real validation that is meaningful for Duran Duran is from its fans, not from an award or an induction.
DDTTRH's purpose will remain as follows:
Ongoing research into how Duran Duran has influenced the Media.
Raising awareness to the band and it's impact on the music industry.
To conclude, I want to say thank you! I have come to love the band more as I've carried out this effort (through success, failure, and opposition). I have had the great honor of meeting Duran Duran fans all over the world, several who I can say are truly 'Friends of Mine'. I can honestly say that the best moments of this effort came when I went to see Duran Duran live in Cleveland, had the Epiphany and started on the road to change this effort for the better.
Thank you, Kirk Harrington