The White House Has a Sick Vinyl Collection?
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Vinyl is big . . . and you know where you can find a sick collection of it? The White House. Here’s how that happened:
Back in the ’70s, the Recording Industry Association of America approached the White House about creating a music library. Songwriter Johnny Mercer curated it, and it included more than 1,800 albums.
Of course, it was stuff like Lawrence Welk, Perry Como, and Don Ho.
A few years later, producer John Hammond added to the collection. Now, he’s the guy who signed people like Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Bruce Springsteen. So his selections were a little HIPPER.
They included Elvis, Chuck Berry, Sex Pistols, Captain Beefheart, and Gil Scott-Heron.
Unfortunately, all that music was put into storage in 1981, during the Reagan years. But John Chuldenko, the grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, convinced them to take it out. And he wants to add a THIRD installment to the collection.