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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 06:44 PM
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DAVID BROWNE

Jan 23, 2009 12:35 PM

When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, he gained access to five chefs, a private bowling alley and a killer collection of classic LPs. Stored in the basement of the executive mansion is the official White House Record Library: several hundred LPs that include landmark albums in rock (Led Zeppelin IV, the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed), punk (the Ramones' Rocket to Russia, the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols), cult classics (Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, the Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin) and disco. Not to mention records by Santana, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Isaac Hayes, Elton John, the Cars and Barry Manilow.

During the waning days of the Nixon administration, the RIAA, the record companies' trade group, decided the library should include sound recordings as well as books. In 1973, the organization donated close to 2,000 LPs. The bad news: The selection was dominated by the likes of Pat Boone, the Carpenters and John Denver. In 1979, legendary producer John Hammond convened a new commission to update the list for the hipper Carter administration. "They felt they needed to redress some of the oversights that might have taken place the first time around," says Boston music critic and author Bob Blumenthal, who was put in charge of adding 200 rock records to the library.

At the commission's first meeting, Blumenthal brought up Randy Newman's thorny dissection of Southern culture, Good Old Boys, to determine what restrictions the panel might face. "That was exhibit A," Blumenthal says. "And I was told, 'Oh, the president loves that album! Go ahead!' " So Blumenthal and his advisers including Paul Nelson, then Rolling Stone's reviews editor compiled a list to reflect "diversity in what was going on in popular music." They picked the Kinks' Arthur for its "theme of empire," and Blumenthal snuck in favorites like David Bowie's Hunky Dory.

On January 13th, 1981, the LPs each in a sleeve with a presidential seal were presented to Jimmy Carter at a White House ceremony. But the collection placed in a hallway near the third-floor listening room, complete with a sound system didn't remain upstairs long. When Ronald Reagan took office that year, the LPs were moved to the basement. Depending on the source, the reason was Nancy Reagan's distaste for shelves of vinyl, or the edgy choices themselves. 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.


 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 08:48 PM
Obama likes Blood on the Tracks? Very cool. I'm even more proud we share more than Chicago roots and a similar first name.

B-rock.

 

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  posted on 1/23/2009 at 10:20 PM
I would be more than happy to go thru the vinyl & help them thin out the collection.I'm sure i could find a title or two that i don't have

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 03:59 AM
Does the White House ever have a lawn sale? Picking up some vinyl with a Presidential
seal would be cool .

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 09:26 AM
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Does the White House ever have a lawn sale? Picking up some vinyl with a Presedential
seal would be cool .


I don't know that it ever has, but given these economic times, who knows? Gotta pay for those bailouts somehow.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 11:39 AM
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I would be more than happy to go thru the vinyl & help them thin out the collection.I'm sure i could find a title or two that i don't have


a little short on pat boone and carpenters lp's are you?

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 11:54 AM
Obama likes Blood on the Tracks? Very cool.
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that caught my eye too.....good taste....LOL...

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 12:19 PM
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Obama likes Blood on the Tracks? Very cool.
Ditto (B-rock? )

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 12:22 PM
Sounds like a cool place to sneak a smoke, and hear some tunes.

 

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 02:01 PM
Trout Mask Replica????

ooooh yeah, now you're talkin'...........squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag>>>>>

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  posted on 1/24/2009 at 02:03 PM
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I would be more than happy to go thru the vinyl & help them thin out the collection.I'm sure i could find a title or two that i don't have


a little short on pat boone and carpenters lp's are you?


well,i don't have any Pat Boone...but,i do have a few Carpenter's LP's...I think Karen Carpenter was one of the very best female vocalists ever.

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