Today in music, [lastfm]Pretenders[/lastfm] lead singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leaping into the storefront window of a New York City Gap store to protest the alleged use in their clothing of cow leather from India, where the animal is held sacred. Along with three others, the Ohio native was charged with criminal mischief.
Born and raised in Akron and a graduate of Kent State University (she was on campus for the infamous shootings), Chrissie has kept her ties to Ohio strong regardless of her travels as a musician.
During her time with the Pretenders, Hynde wrote a song about Ohio entitled “My City Was Gone”. In it, she tells the story of returning to her home state to find it being over-industrialized. She sings:
“The farms of Ohio had been replaced by shopping malls, and muzak filled the air from Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls.”
Today, Hynde splits her time between London and Akron, and owns a vegetarian restaurant in Akron called The VegiTerranean.