The Rolling Stones’ manager, producer and publicist from 1963-1967, Andrew Loog Oldham, is speaking in protest of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Oldham told an audience during a talk in March at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, “I think those people basically hijacked the name ‘rock ‘n’ roll.’ I won’t be there. I’ll tell you why…. It’s a television show. Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria where everybody could behave exactly as they could 20 years ago. And then it became a business. I think it’s healthier to stay home.”
Oldham has even compared the Rock Hall to reality TV singing shows, via Cleveland.com, “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become a televised spectacular. This is not the private, raunchy, no-holds-barred party at the Waldorf Astoria where Ahmet Ertegun spoke his brilliant mind and Phil Spector accepted his induction supported by three bodyguards.
“The [Rock Hall] has adjusted for the times and … I think it may have become an event for performers only and their fans. Rush last year, Nirvana and KISS this year. Now, for the Hall Of Fame to survive, it’s gone ‘Simon Cowell’ and that, unless you are a Rush or KISS fan, is a shame.”
“I think it’s healthier to stay home.”
Oldham and Beatles manager Brian Epstein are being inducted as non-performers this year, both receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of 1964’s explosion of the British Invasion on U.S. shores.
Oldham has even tweeted his displeasure about the ceremony.
The Times states that a spokeswoman with the Rock Hall said “officials have no comment on Oldham’s remarks.”
When Oldham was only 19 years old, he discovered and began managing the Stones turning them from a blues cover band into the supergroup they are known as today. He is being honored for his role in shaping the the group’s public image, pushing Mick Jagger into the role of frontman and for also encouraging Jagger and Keith Richards to write their own songs.
Oldham and the Stones parted ways in 1967, after producing their first five albums and their initial hit singles from ’63 to ’67.
Oldham currently hosts a satellite radio show six days a week as part of Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel on SiriusXM, like he has since 2005.
You can watch Oldham’s complete one hour plus lecture at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership from March 27, 2014 below.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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