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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, September 24, 2004

    Now THIS is an election 

    While Ohioblog values his vote in the Nov. 2 election, the voting in which he really wishes he could participate is that for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The candidates are better.

    Chrissie Hynde and her band, the Pretenders, are among the 15 nominees for induction next year, and when it comes to putting the politics of loss in Northeast Ohio to words, no one has ever been better than Akron's Chrissie Hynde.

    She has told John Soeder, The Plain Dealer's pop music critic, that when it comes to such awards, even the capstone award of a career, that she ``could give that a miss,''

    Chrissie's wishes notwithstanding, she belongs in the Hall of Fame. The foundation of her London band, she has seen it through good times and bad, a female rocker with both the heart for the music and the endurance for the long haul. (Canton's O'Jays also are on the ballot and another group deserving of serious consideration.)

    Only about 1,000 rock experts have a vote in this election, with performers receiving the highest number of voters, and more than 50 percent of the vote, inducted. If Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders are not among the chosen, someone has both the ear and heart of the Tin Man.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 9:44 AM

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