Tuesday, January 27, 2009

the white house record collection

Rolling Stone just published a piece on the White House record collection . . apparently, while Nixon was president, the RIAA decided that the White House library should include recordings in addition to books. the RIAA proceeded to donate 2000 LPs to the White House, most of which were theh albums of Pat Boone, the Carpenters and John Denver. thankfully, the collection was updated to accomodate the musical tastes of (as Rolling Stone put it) the "hipper Carter adminstration" by adding albums such as Led Zeppelin IV, the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, the Ramones' Rocket to Russia, the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, the Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin and records by Santana, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Elton John, the Cars and Barry Manilow. Reagan's moved the collection to the basement to get dusty when he took office in 1983, and now people are counting on Obama to bring it back. Rolling Stone notes that "A spokesman for Obama said it was too early to comment on whether the president would revive the library. But Obama may be pleased to learn that at least a few of his favorite albums — Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run — are there if he wants them on pristine slabs of vinyl." via Rolling Stone.

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