|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 is an online campaign with a petition, founded by Kirk Harrington in 2009.
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. It 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 January 23, 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 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 believes Duran Duran know of the 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 has also received some 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 Stephane Le Clair. In the fan community: Andy Golub (Durandy), Duranasty (Duran Duran Italy), Gimme a Wristband, NUNO and Poptrash.de.