In the latest issue of Rolling Stone
, David Browne reports that in 1979 Paul Nelson was recruited as an advisor to a commission headed by legendary producer John Hammond to update the official White House Record Library. As a result of the commission's efforts, President Obama can enjoy vinyl versions of Dylan's Blood on the Tracks
, Springsteen's Born to Run
, Randy Newman's Good Old Boys
, 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
, as well as records by Santana, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Elton John, the Cars, and Barry Manilow.
It's not difficult to surmise which selections were high on Paul's list of suggestions.
The entire article, "Obama's Secret Record Collection," can be found here
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