US President Barack Obama has been discussing the contents of his iPod with Rolling Stone, and revealed it is still dominated by the music of his youth, including Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.
In the interview, Barack Obama also told of his love for Miles Davis, who’s 1959 album ‘Kind Of Blue‘ is still considered one of the landmark jazz releases. “I’m still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff,” the President said. “There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. There’s a lot of classical music.”
Later, Mr Obama also told of some of his more modern favourites, thanks to the influences of his family. “Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne,” he revealed. “My iPod now has about 2,000 songs and it is a source of great pleasure to me. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.”
Mr Obama also told of Bob Dylan’s visit to the White House, when he was treated to a rendition of one of the legendary songwriter’s classics.”Dylan played ‘The Times They Are A-Changin‘,” he recalled. “Then he shakes my hand, gives a little grin and leaves.”