Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Putin's Powerballads

So, ok.... I pretty much have two passions in life.

The first is obviously music.

The second, well.... it's Politics!

So with it being inauguration day and all, I thought I would take this rare opportunity to discuss the two together!

Now many artists, across most genres, like to sing, rap, shout and talk about politics on a variety of issues or levels.

For some artists / bands / groups, politics of some form is central to their identity.

For other artists, a certain political campaign merely provides them with a bandwagon to jump on in an attempt to sell more records!

Putting this aside, it got me thinking:

I wonder what our world leaders like to get down to?

I wonder what helps them wind down after a hard day of trying to sort where our world is heading?!

Does Brown kick back to the blues? Did Regan like the Reggae?

So I decided to try and find out!

So let us start with the big man himself. I scoured my new favourite site,Obamapedia for a clue as to what he likes, but to no avail!

Turning to Rolling Stone, I found an interview with Barak in which explains:

"that, growing up, he listened to Elton John and Earth, Wind & Fire but that Stevie Wonder was his ultimate musical hero during the 70s. The Stones` track Gimme Shelter topped his favourite songs from the band. His selection also contained 30 songs from Dylan."

Now, putting aside the man's ideals, anyone who listens to lots of Dylan, has got to be trustworthy!

And only yesterday we saw Barak's love of music shine through when he launched the inauguration parties with a musical celebration , inviting his personal musical hero - Stevie Wonder!

Ok ok, I realise this is staring to look like an Obama blog, so I'll move on! (Come to think about it, I may just start an Obama blog - watch this space!)

There is just far too many international characters to go into any detail, but check out these few choice quotes that have been noted when politics and beats collide!

Gordon Brown -

''After the Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and, well, Leona Lewis, another name can be added to my list of favourite pop artists - Rufus Wainwright''

(Ex) President Bush -

'I like a little bit of hard core and honky tonk''

Until next time...

"I think as far as politics is concerned in music, most musicians shouldn't say anything unless they're willing to get into the trenches and fight,"

Dave Mustaine

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