New York -- On Monday, 8 January 2007, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced its inductees for 2007:
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)
R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)
Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)
The five inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 12, 2007 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Presenters and performers at the induction will be announced in February, 2007. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor this unique, diverse group of rockers, rappers, singers and poets. This is what rock and roll is all about,” said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation President and C.E.O., Joel Peresman. Read more.
The above photo of Patti Smith is from her latest book, Patti Smith Complete 1975-2006 - Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future which features never-before-seen photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Annie Liebovitz plus original artwork and text by Smith.