During the early 1980's the Hollywood saw a major influx of money to honor its rich television and movie industry history. But with all the hustle the executives have completely forgot a part of the city, which contributed to the creation of the world-famous brand of Hollywood that millions of people around the world are used to. They forgot about the music, and namely rock music.
The November of 1985 saw that mistake corrected with the establishment of the Hollywood's RockWalk the biggest homage to rock music in the world, immortalizing the names in the industry that have contributed to the development of rock music. The inaugural ceremony held on November 13, 1985 saw the inductions of such huge rock music legends and innovators as Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Wonder, Hartley Peavey (the creator of Peavey guitar amplifiers), Jim Marshall (the creator of Marshall amps), Ted McCarty (the creator of Les Paul guitar), Remo Belli (the creator of Remo drum heads) and many others. Since then the rock music had its own mecca comparable to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Mann's Chinese Theatre.
If you are a rock fan and can't imagine your life without the buzz of a distorted guitar in the back, booking hotels in Hollywood, remember that the Hollywood RockWalk is a must see for you!
Located at Guitar Center Hollywood (previously known as the famous Oriental Theatre) Hollywood's RockWalk has seen the induction of such talented and contributive artists, bands and rock music innovators as John Lee Hooker, Les Paul, Aerosmith, KISS, Van Halen, Willie Dixon, Johnny Cash, The Doobie Brothers, Dick Clark, Jimi Hendrix, The Moody Blues, Phil Ramone and many more.
In contrast to the Hollywood's Walk of Fame, which takes in account the submissions made by the public to induct any particular person, the Hollywood's RockWalk inductees are selected by a close vote between the previous honorees. Thus, the industry chooses itself whose contribution to rock and roll is really something to be appreciated and immortalized.