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John McCain's music biz connections

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Could the White Stripes play the White House? Bill Clinton’s second term kicked off with performances by Aretha Franklin and James Taylor, George W. Bush’s 2004 gala had Ricky Martin. We know Barack Obama’s got cool cred, but how about John McCain? Follow the ifs: If the 71-year-old Arizona senator gets the Republican nomination and if he wins the election, he could always call on his daughter, Sidney, a long-time music business executive, to round up some of her rocker friends for one hell of an inauguration party.

The third of seven McCain children, Sid, as she’s known to pals, colleagues and rock scribes, most recently held the title of General Manager, V2 Records in Canada, a job she took after many years as a publicist at Capitol Records in New York (she is currently working for EMI and is based in Toronto). Over the span of her two-decade-career, she’s represented dozens of hard rock, alternative and left-of-center bands, including the aforementioned Stripes, Grandaddy, Moby, Stereophonics, and Spritualized, whom she described as “an epic stoner band from the UK” in a 2006 Toronto Life profile. She’s even been known to bring her dad along to major music events, like the MTV Video Music Awards.

It’s not known whether Sid will be punching a ballot for her dad; she’s been a registered Democrat, according to the New York Times, and one who, over the years, hasn’t shied away from challenging her father. “I was the boundary pusher,” she’s quoted as saying this past December. “In high school I was very rebellious. I needed to look at all sides. At least he would hear me out.” Still, she’s remained out of the political spotlight, leaving most of the campaigning duties to her half-sisters and brothers, particularly 23-year-old Meghan. In fact, while Sid would not grant ew.com an interview, she did tell us via email that the reason she won’t be at Super Tuesday tomorrow is because one of her bands, Halifax-based indie rockers Wintersleep, are about to get their first Juno nomination (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards). It’s all about priorities.

It’s not known whether Sid will be punching a ballot for her dad; she’s been a registered Democrat, according to the New York Times, and one who, over the years, hasn’t shied away from challenging her father. “I was the boundary pusher,” she’s quoted as saying this past December. “In high school I was very rebellious. I needed to look at all sides. At least he would hear me out.” Still, she’s remained out of the political spotlight, leaving most of the campaigning duties to her half-sisters and brothers, particularly 23-year-old Meghan. In fact, while Sid would not grant ew.com an interview, she did tell us via email that the reason she won’t be at Super Tuesday tomorrow is because one of her bands, Halifax-based indie rockers Wintersleep, are about to get their first Juno nomination (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards). It’s all about priorities.

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