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17 January 2018 11:05 (South Africa)

25 new entries get the Hall of Fame nod

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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It's 13 years overdue, but Riders on the Storm, the 1971 single by The Doors, will finally make it into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Every year the Grammy illuminati don their cowled robes and gather in a dimly lit room to decide which singles and albums – at least 25 years old – are worthy of inclusion to the Hall of Fame. The criteria are ridiculously broad ("recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance") and it would be naive to believe that record companies don't lobby behind the scenes with a view to re-issue profits. But fans still feel passionate about the honour. The 25 recordings selected this year leans towards jazz, though there is some R&B and pop in the mix. And in the best sign that the selection process isn't entirely flawed, there isn't a single song on the list that won't be instantly recognisable even to a teenager. Read more: Grammy press release (PDF), Variety

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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