BMI heavyweights the Alice Cooper Band, Dr. John, and Jac Holzman number prominently among the 2011 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, announced today. The new members will be officially inducted March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. All first-time nominees, the BMI additions to the hallowed hall reflect the adventurous terrain treaded by rock royalty.
Alice Cooper combined jaw-dropping theatrics and hardcore hooks to create a rock subgenre whose rebellious spirit shaped 70s youth culture and the bands that it spawned. Cooper penned career-defining hits including “Eighteen,” “School’s Out,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and was named BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year in 1977.
- Dr. John
- Jac Holzman
New Orleans’ Dr. John is a musical hero of musical heroes. With a voice that growls as it purrs, the piano man may be best known for his Allen Toussaint collaboration “Right Place, Wrong Time,” but he has also produced albums for Professor Longhair and Van Morrison, worked with Doc Pomus, and released landmark solo albums, including his genre-shucking debut Gris-Gris.
Jac Holzman balanced creative sensitivity with industry-navigating savvy. The young executive launched Elektra Records from his dorm room in 1950, and proceeded to embrace and cultivate the early folk surge led by Tom Rush, Phil Ochs, Judy Collins and others. Later, he worked with mavericks including the Doors, the Stooges, and Queen, as well as 70s singer/songwriters Carly Simon and Harry Chapin.
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