Big Ears in the White House: Obama’s boomer soul, and predecessors

Thanks to President Barack Obama, January-February 2009 has been a great time for American popular music. It's well known he's got big ears. But Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen and Herbie Hancock at the Lincoln Memorial, Aretha Franklin singing at the Inauguration, Paul Simon and Esperanza Spaulding among those paying tribute to Stevie Wonder, winner of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize -- who himself tore it up on "Superstition" and "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" --  at the White House!?! What other U.S. leader has so valued and spotlit … [Read more...]