By Jim Johnson

While some artists take being snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quietly, Randy Bachman isn’t.

The guitarist-songwriter who founded two of the first Canadian bands to break through in the U.S., The Guess Who and BTO, is puzzled and frustrated by their omission.

He feels the problem stems from the Rock Hall’s founder and chairman Jann Wenner, who also founded and publishes Rolling Stone. Bachman says, “There’s never been an article complimentary on BTO or me in Rolling Stone. Cameron Crowe did one on The Guess Who, way back, in [1974]…So, somebody there doesn’t like [me]. And the only constant somebody there has been there since the magazine started.”

With iconic songs such as “American Woman,” “These Eyes” and “Taking Care of Business” on his resume, Bachman says his bands deserve strong consideration. And it’s not as if other Canadian artists have been overlooked — including one that many wouldn’t classify as a rock artist.

Randy Bachman says the Hall doesn’t seem to have an anti-Canada bias:


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