Black & White & Rock & Roll



Stephen Stills told us that black culture defined American culture, Grandmaster Flash told us that hip-hop was rock ‘n’ roll, and Patti Smith told us that her late mom liked to vacuum the house to "Rock ‘n’ Roll N*gger." It was a beautiful one-world fest at the Hall of Fame ceremonies last night. The Ronettes, R.E.M, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, and Patti Smith were all inducted. Most poignant performance: R.E.M.’s "Gardening at Night" or Smith’s spin on the Stones’ "Gimme Shelter." Idolator sniped at it in real time. The Times reported on it this morning. Catch the show hightlights this Saturday on VH1.

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Photos: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2007

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