Country Music Association & Country Music Hall of Fame; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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This year, 2023 marks 50 years since the death of Gram Parsons, an innovative genius in the fields of rock and country music. The undersigned believe that the Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50-year tribute shows, including a record-breaking celebration of the album by the leaders of The Byrds, alone substantiate the criteria for Veterans Era nomination (eligible for induction 40 years after first achieving national prominence) for Gram Parsons, who was largely responsible for the album's inception and ultimate recognition in the history of country music. Parsons' previous album with his International Submarine Band, Safe at Home, released the same year, is included in the Library of Congress representing country music. Of course there are numerous other criteria by which he can and should be judged, and pass with flying colors, including first bringing Emmylou Harris to national prominence, and his singular ability to merge country and rock idioms into the most personal evocations to be realized by such synthesis. Keith Richards wrote his entry for the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time (Rolling Stone). And perhaps especially in these divisive times, Gram's ability to bridge generations at a time that was arguably more divisive than today, actually seeking out venues into which a longhair would not think of entering, and winning over the crowd while at the same time introducing country music to young rock audiences. And then of course his overall influence on country music (including the current "rock" sound in the newer country acts as well as forms labeled variously as Americana and alt country)-- that influence now fully realized 50 years after the seminal works mentioned above. Thank you for your consideration.

And also see: https://graminternational.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/is-gram-parsons-eligible-for-induction-based-on-cma-criteria/
which may not be the now much shortened criteria for induction, but the thought process is the same. Recommended for Pioneer Class.

P.S. And please read this from Austin Bryant: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/6wq45b/gram-parsons-hall-of-fame-snub-essay

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We, the undersigned, call on the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHOF) to induct Gram Parsons, as we are in full agreement with the statement given above and the Proposal Nomination, which addresses each specific criterion of the CMA for CMHOF nominee induction.

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