Jon Bream, author of the new book, Neil Diamond Is Forever: The Illustrated History of The Man and His Music, wants to tackle that “egregious oversight” with YOU and your audience!
According to Bream, who's been the pop music critic at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for 35 years: "The elitist club that runs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t think Neil Diamond is hip enough to even be considered for induction. I say put him on the ballot and let the voters decide. His credentials are more impressive and compelling than those of many inductees. He has written hits for the Monkees, Smashmouth and many others as well as for himself. He’s scored 12 top 10 singles in the ‘60s ‘70s and ‘80s. In this decade, he has worked with the hippest producer around, Rick Rubin, for two albums with a third in the works. His music has been widely influential, and he’s beloved by two generations of music lovers.
"Look at the stars that turned out to honor him at the Grammys gala in February – Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Adele, Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Cornell and even Kid Rock. At age 68, Neil satisfies his crowd better than Bob Dylan, Elton John or Rod Stewart do theirs. And they’d be envious of his 3.6million tickets sold since 2001. Neil has been the uncrowned king of pop for five decades.
"The snobs on the Hall of Fame nominating committee finally put Kiss on the ballot this fall. I say put Neil Diamond on the ballot. I’ll vote for him and I’m sure many, many other voters will, too. See you at Neil’s induction ceremony to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
Check out Vintage Rock's interview with Jon Bream, as well as a review of his new book, Neil Diamond Is Forever: The Illustrated History of The Man and His Music.