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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Each spring, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony rolls around (see what we did there?), and a new slew of performers and producers are inducted into the prestigious institution in the most appropriate way possible --- at a jam-packed arena filled with passionate fans and live music. This year’s ceremony was held in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on April 10th, and the New York Times reported that the new arena boasted the highest attendance in the event’s history. Even with the obvious absence of a performance by inductees Kiss, that’s one big feather in Jay Z’s cap. (He’ll be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2021.)

Talent from the past is honored at this super exclusive event where viewers are reminded (as if we could have ever forgotten!) of the wide ranging musical skills of eligible candidates and their fellow musicians. Highlights from this year’s ceremony include a rousing rendition of “The E Street Shuffle” from Bruce Springsteen and the newly-inducted E Street Band (joined by Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello), a Nirvana reunion with St. Vincent, Joan Jett, Lorde and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon rotating on the mic, and a juicy Paul Simon snub from Art Garfunkel as he inducted Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. The whole show will air on HBO on May 31st, but to slake your thirst for rock and roll, The Book Report Network has put together a shelf filled with memoirs and biographies of some of the most legendary talents in the business.

Curated by The Book Report Network