1 Proteus 1 week ago ...50 years on. Specifically, "prog."Apparently having run out of other topics to flog in order to remind us it's there during the long months of Covid, the hallowed hall has belatedly deigned to recognize the very music they've mocked, derided, or ignored for decades (at least until they ran out of B-level roots rockers and rappers to exalt and cynically threw it a few honorary bones).Better late than never, or thanks for nothing, Cleveland?Read all about it here.But really. To suggest seeing the music through the lens of its occasional references to fantasy literature? Could they be more reductive, insulting, clichéd? Could they more widely miss the mark? Under that reading, where's Led Zeppelin? Where's Demons and Wizards? Goobers.To be fair, they acknowledge that "prog" (a word I've come to despise) has been frequently savaged by critics - though they manage to omit their - and Rolling Stone's - roles in marginalizing the music. [Note: this paragraph is not me being fair to the HoF, it's me mocking the notion that they've attempted here to be fair by admitting the mainstream rock press's 40-year history of hostility.]But to be fair (and this is me being fair to the HoF), the rest of the article after the ungrammatical, deftly euphemistic, disingenuous, historically revisionist and still faintly demeaning smarm of... During its long history Prog has generated a certain level of conflict between journalist and critics who describe the style as bloated and self-indulgent, and the diehard fans who listen to every details of the music, follow every aspect of the elaborate stories, and create a positive musical community... is actually a pretty factual and balanced outline of at least the gestation, evolution, and development of the "genre". It's so brief and and bullet-pointy as to be the TLDR version of a more substantive version I never expect to see from the RRHoF, but it's fine as far as it goes.Shame it doesn't go so far as to mention Gentle Giant, Focus, Procol Harum, Van der Graaf Generator, any of the bands from the Canterbury scene - or Deep Purple's and Uriah Heep's early proggy efforts. Or to single out something as seminal (more revolution than evolution) as "21st Century Schizoid Man." Or "Whiter Shade of Pale"'s monumental status as not only an early prog masterpiece, but a monster pop culture monolith.Or the substantial prog component in the music of The (Dixie) Dregs. (OK, admittedly obscure.) But how'bout the prog renaissance master Roine Stolt and The Flower Kings' 22 progressively paradisiacal albums since the 90s, not to mention his recent collaboration with Jon Anderson - which would have been an opportunity for a nice passing-the-baton metaphor to end the article.I'd like to call the article sophomoric, but it's not inclusive nor expansive enough to qualify for a slur suggesting a kind of rudimentary mastery still wet behind the years. Actually, it barely serves as the outline of a syllabus for Prog Rock 101.But the article does seem to avoid any howling inaccuracies, and stands (shakily) as a skeletal outline to sketch out the territory. If its very functoriness is a bit of an insult at this late date, at least it's something. If someone had truly never heard of any of this music, it might make enough of an introduction to invite more interest.To that extent, OK. Maybe the current generation of RRHoF management and curators is not infected by the jaundice of the grand old self-appointed arbiters of taste who dictated the Hall's contents for decades. Maybe the current establishment there is open-eared, open-minded, and open-handed enough to begin to give this music its due alongside other hyphenated versions of rock. I'll give them the benefit of that much doubt.But I can still chuckle at it. As a last thought, I think I'll withdraw the benefit of the doubt. Any organization that claims for itself the authority to decide on authenticity and cultural significance - and in 2020, 51 years on, can manage not to include King Crimson among its inductees - remains as much a (bad) joke as ever.Goobers.