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The Great Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Swindle?

Deep Purple have been omitted yet again – and so have Yes, Def Leppard and countless others. Is there a conspiracy against them?

Someone at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame doesn’t like Deep Purple. Although the band have been eligible for inclusion since 1993, the latest induction ceremony, on April 18, will see them absent once again, while Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Green Day and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are all inducted.

It’s part of a pattern in which hard rock bands have struggled for entry into what was founded in 1983 as a sort of Valhalla to preserve and promote the best in rock’n’roll. Of the 304 inductees to date, only the very biggest hard rock and heavy metal names have made it in, and even then at a seemingly reluctant trickle. Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica are there, alongside the likes of ABBA, Hall And Oates and Madonna. But Def Leppard, Motörhead, Yes, the MC5, the New York Dolls, Roxy Music and countless others all remain outside the Hall’s gates, as does pretty much every band from the worlds of metal, prog, British glam and punk.

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