Put Spirit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sign now

As the 2009 nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced, a group that made a seminal contribution to the music of the late 60вand early 70вs has once again been slighted. Spirit (Randy California, guitar and vocals , Jay Ferguson, vocals, John Locke, keyboards, Mark Andes, bass, and Ed Cassidy, drums), the groundbreaking band founded in Los Angeles in the 1960вs, has been virtually neglected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since itвs original eligibility in the mid 90вs This petition aims to right that situation.

Spirit has never gotten the acclaim the group deserves. While other west coast groups like the Doors, the Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield, have gone on to more popular recognition, Sprit remains an underground but vital phenomenon. The four albums this LA quintet cut between 1968 and 1971 (and a fifth soundtrack for motion picture Model Shop) certainly rank among the best albums of that period. Their final album in their original configuration, вThe Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus,в is viewed as one of the first concept albums, a вdiverse yet cohesive effort, and long considered by fans, critics and musicians alike to be one of the finest albums ever recorded.в It extended the experimentalism of Spiritвs earlier albums with new elements that anticipated the rock trends of the 70вs . As one critic notes вSpirit should be remembered as one of the half-dozen best American bands of the 60sв

If music is the universal language, Spirit was its rock n roll translator. Like other innovative groups of the 60вs, Spirit set out to create new musical forms. Mixing influences from free form and small group jazz with improvisation, psychedelia, hard rock, blues and even pop sensibilities, they aimed to create more universal musical forms. They often succeeded, creating music with the widest range of musical expression of any rock group before or since. Another critic writing in 1968: вSpirit makes use of all the variables available to modern music; in form, style, tone color, dynamics, rhythms, lyric subjects, modes, scales, feelings, everything.в Spirit was among the earliest and most successful fusion groups. Spirit also displayed an early ecological sensibility and a concern for social justice, and critical and adventurous lyrical spirit that captured the sense of the times. Californiaвs вNature's Wayв and Fergusonвs вFresh Garbage,в illustrate their early environmental concerns.

In a spirit retrospective Jim Washburn wrote: вThe Doors were alright but for many rock fans in the late 60вs the band that really mattered was Spirit,в Spirit is the forgotten super group of the 60вs. They headlined for groups like Led Zeppelin and the Police and were it not for an unfortunate management decision would have been featured at Woodstock.

Though the original Spirit lineup broke up in1971, Spirit continued until Randy Californiaвs death in 1997, centered around the virtuoso musicianship of drummer Ed Cassidy and guitarist Randy California. California is recognized by many as one of the premier guitarists of rock. Exposed early on to blues and to the influence of Jimi Hendrix, California not only could master almost any style from smooth jazz to blues to psychedelic, he possessed a strong melodic sense, Spirit kept writing music and producing albums that challenged conformity, record company executives, and received ideas, in times of political quietism. (Potatoland, Spirtofв76, Further Along, for example) Spiritвs last studio album, California Blues, is a thoughtful return to Californiaвs blues roots. It is infused with an underlying sense of the community of mankind that can be traced back to Californiaвs early work with Spirit.

If youвre a fan of Spirit please sign this petition and show the rock establishment that Spirit still lives. If you havenвt listened to Spirit for a while or at all, take a chance to listen to one of rockвs neglected treasures. Then sign on to the petition.

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Latest Signatures

  • 21 January 2016500. Cor Vandenb
    Ed Cassidy, almost ninety, deserves it!
  • 06 January 2016499. John B
    This needs to be done
  • 26 December 2015498. John Andlindad
    This band was the best!
  • 20 December 2015497. Paul R
    I support this petition
  • 06 December 2015496. Enrique C
    Spirit really deserves it.
  • 05 December 2015495. Marilyn B
    Great band, really part of the zeitgeist of its time, but timeless, too.
  • 14 November 2015494. Mike H
    an Excellent band with a wide range of sound!
  • 12 November 2015493. Bryan Cordova
    Randy California's unique guitar playing is very underrated. Looking at their first album there is a wide range of genres being played. Even though Spirit has not be the most popular band in the past, their songs deserve to be recongnized by the Rock n' R
  • 09 November 2015492. Bob E
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2015491. Paul M
    they were truly a great band
  • 01 November 2015490. Mike S
    I support this petition
  • 27 October 2015489. Real Mcmillan
    spirit should be in the Hall of Fame
  • 26 October 2015488. Scott R
    I thought they would have been there by now...Randy California was a true legend and the band with him!
  • 09 October 2015487. C T
    How could we not vote them in?
  • 28 September 2015486. Leo K
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 2015485. Laura M
    Spirit Rocks!!!
  • 23 September 2015484. Floyd S
    very underrated - but incredibly infuential
  • 13 September 2015483. Thatcher E
    I support this petition
  • 30 August 2015482. Fred F
    what a dyanamic group
  • 26 August 2015481. Herbert F
    best group ever
  • 23 August 2015480. Don B
    If heart is in Sprirt is deserving
  • 13 August 2015479. Terry S
    How is this not done already?
  • 10 August 2015478. James R
    I support this petition
  • 09 August 2015477. Louis O
    sadly overlooked
  • 04 August 2015476. Dave M
    An absolutely seminal, unique, creative, sophisticated influence in rock music
  • 29 July 2015475. Patrick T
    I opened up for Spirit in 1988, the Boondock Biker Bash in Utah. The most memorable gig in my career. God bless you, Randy California. Thanks for sharing your soul!
  • 28 July 2015474. Donivan C
    This is a band that deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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