Add Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Fans of Rock Music
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We, the undersigned, as consumers and fans of rock music, wish to see Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We believe that Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) has earned a spot in the Hall of Fame for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:
--In addition to being the creative force behind arguably the greatest rock band of all time, he has created many albums of brilliant solo material each of which contains classic timeless songs, namely:
1972 Who Came First
1977 Rough Mix
1980 Empty Glass
1982 All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
1985 White City: A Novel
1986 Pete Townshend's Deep End Live!
1989 The Iron Man: A Musical
--Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) has inspired uncountable songwriters that have follwed him. He continues to write songs for or perform with younger artists.
--Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) has consistently put out records that reflect his own artistic growth and change, without compromising his integrity for the sake of sales.
--Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) has a huge, worldwide fanbase.
--Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) has made his own contributions to the world of rock music, through production, outside musical efforts, guest appearances, and so forth.
--He's been nominated or won Academy, Tony and Grammy awards. A lot of his songs are now used as memorable moments in motion pictures and two of his rock operas have been made into movies or Broadway productions, in which he has written new songs and helped produce.
--Pete Townshend has created or participated with and offered his time, talent and money to the following charities:
The Prince's Trust www.princes-trust.org.uk
Concert For New York
Double O Charity - to benefit youth all over the globe
Auction for Oxfam - relief for Mozambique & Ethiopia
Camden Square Community Play Centre 1974
Kampuchea benefit (Kampuchea 79 concerts)
Bangladesh benefit (Oval cricket show)
Columbian Volcano Appeal 1986
Amnesty International www.amnesty.org
Anti Apartheid (Sun City)
Chiswick Family Rescue Centre 1985
Rock Against Unemployment/Peoples March For Jobs 1981
"Rock The Dock" 1998 Benefit for fired Liverpool dock workers
Rock Against Racism
The Children's Health Fund 1995
Maryville Academy www.maryvilleacademy.org
Teenage Cancer Trust www.teencancer.com
Robin Hood Foundation www.robinhood.org/home/home.cfm
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk
Bridge School Benefit in 1999 www.bridgeschool.org/
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children www.nspcc.org.uk/
All 2002 Encore Series profits go to benefit young peoples charities www.themusic.com
We believe that Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) has been overlooked. The Hall of Fame was founded to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of rock music. Inducting Pete Townshend (as a solo artist) will legitimize that claim by recognizing one man in particular that has contributed dramatically to the rock genre while continually preserving its integrity .