Kanye’s not the only one: Here are some other musicians who ran for president of the USA

[This was my weekly column for GlobalNews.ca. – AC]

Every four years, a new crop of people declare their intentions to run for president of the United States. Many are serious about ascending to that high office while others are just plain loopy.

My favourite perennial candidate is Vermine Supreme of Rockport, Mass., who has run as an independent, a Republican, a Democrat, and a Libertarian in a series of elections since 1988.

He’s easy to spot. He’s the guy wearing the large rubber boot on his head and carrying a giant toothbrush. If you’re concerned about proper dental hygiene, someone who will protect you against the zombie apocalypse, and a president who will invest in time travel research, Vermine is your man. And he’s running again in November. Hey, it’s his constitutional right.

A number of musicians have heard a similar calling. Here’s a brief history of those who have aspired to be the leader of the free world.

Keep reading.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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