The Smiths, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Some of our favorites here at Abandon Hip have been nominated for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out the full list of nominees below and cast your votes here. The top 5 artists voted by fans will make up a fans’ ballot to be tallied along with other votes to choose the 2015 inductees. We humbly suggest casting several(thousand) votes for The Smiths (currently number 6). Green Day probably doesn’t need your help.

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Morrissey reveals struggles with cancer

by Andrew Parker

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Irish-blooded, English-hearted singer Morrissey has revealed that the source of his ongoing health issues is actually an underlying cancer. He has cancelled various shows in the past few years, including almost his entire North American tour. These cancellations were previously attributed to Barrett’s esophagus (a pre-cancerous condition) and pneumonia (likely a result of a weakened immune system).

Morrissey,┬áin his typical self-deprecating style, has taken this with a profoundly brave – or inconsequential – attitude (“If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t … I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead,” he reportedly said). This illness does put his recent and highly successful Autobiography in a new light. Though the former Smiths frontman may require a respite from touring and recording so as to aid his recovery, he may continue his creative output in the form of a novel reportedly in the works.

I speak for everyone at Abandon Hip when I wish Morrissey a speedy recovery and a heartfelt thanks for all the songs that saved our lives.