Why are women so marginalised by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
Barely 8% of its inductees are female. The canon-making doesn’t just reek of sexist gatekeeping, but also purposeful ignorance and hostility
Not that many women are that fame thing in rock and roll maybe?
Things are different with pop music – which is not the same as rock and roll – and with country, Motown, dance music and so on. But to a large extent a useful definition of rock and roll is the distillation and encapsulation of testosterone laden sweat.
Some women do indeed achieve this and very fine it is to have that done. But it is – just given that definition being used there – going to be a rarer feat among women than men.
As to Courtney Love:
Hole was one of the most commercially successful female-fronted alternative rock bands in history, selling over 3 million records in the United States between 1991 and 2010.
There are one hit wonders who sell more of the one single than that. Macarena (4.3 million in the US), The Ballad of the Green Berets (5), Whoomp, There It Is etc, etc.