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Rust Belt Prophet

Author David Giffels discusses his ode to Akron

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new book attests.  

Concrete Brunette

Chrissie Hynde returns from a six-year Pretenders hiatus with new album

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Chrissie Hynde moved back to Akron to care for her aging parents and quite possibly begin her own retirement. But, like so many times in her career and life, fate intervened. She opened a vegan restaurant, reabsorbed the Midwest atmosphere that defined her upbringing and then, after a six-year gap since the last Pretenders album, songs began to suggest themselves. Finally there was an album’s worth, which yielded the consistently excellent 'Break Up the Concrete.' As is typical for Hynde, nothing about the swinging, stinging, swaying 'Concrete' is typical.  

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