The July 10-24, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone magazine features presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama on the cover with an exclusive interview.
His music tastes range from Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Jay-Z to Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Parker.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
Bob Dylan. Yo-Yo Ma. Sheryl Crow. Jay-Z. These aren’t musical acts in a summer concert series: They’re artists featured on Barack Obama’s iPod.
“I have pretty eclectic tastes,” the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview to be published in Friday’s issue of Rolling Stone.
Growing up in the ‘70s, Obama said, he listened to the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Earth, Wind & Fire. Stevie Wonder is his musical hero from the era. The Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” tops his favorites from the band.
The Illinois senator’s playlist contains these musicians, along with about 30 songs from Dylan and the singer’s “Blood on the Tracks” album. Jazz legends Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker are also in the mix.
“Actually, one of my favorites during the political season is ‘Maggie’s Farm,”’ Obama said of one of Dylan’s tracks. “It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric.”
In the song, Dylan sings about trying be himself, “but everybody wants you to be just like them.”
You can check out A Conversation with Barack Obama here at Rolling Stone.com or you can buy the magazine at your nearest bookstore, newstand or grocery store.