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Hall Of Lame

March 09, 1986

Robert Hilburn's article about the location of the rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame shows his absolute lack of understanding of how Hall of Fame locations are chosen ("Misplacing Rock's Hall of Fame?," March 2).

Why is Springfield, Mass., the location of the basketball Hall of Fame? Not because any famous early players came from there, but because basketball started there. An analogy can be made for Cooperstown, N.Y., baseball's Hall of Fame.

Therefore, what happened in L.A. in the '60s music scene is irrelevant, because rock was already so firmly established by then.

Also, to consider Chuck Berry part of Chicago's (Chess label) contribution to rock, is just as silly as considering the Beatles L.A.'s contribution because they recorded on Capitol, an L.A. label.

JOHN M. STALBERG

Pacific Palisades

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