Sure, the Library of Congress has a National Film Registry, and positive, President Obama retains abreast of pop music, however are you able to think about the White House housing his personal personal document assortment? For a time it did, and John Chuldenko—grandson of President Jimmy Carter—found it.

Chuldenko, the author, director and producer, discovered concerning the vinyl assortment from his uncle Jeff, who, as Carter’s youngest son, made the music himself whereas residing within the White House. The choice got here within the Seventies when the Recording Industry Association of America approached the White House to create a library for music, simply because the American Booksellers Association had accomplished for books.

Songwriter Johnny Mercer curated the library’s preliminary set up, and in 1973 over 1,800 LPs have been offered to the White House. Her picks – together with Lawrence Welk, Don Ho and Perry Como – proved to be very well timed. But when John Hammond, the document producer who signed the likes of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen, signed on to place collectively a later choice, he crammed the White House with data that also stand right this moment.

Hammond commissioned consultants from each style of music to pick the second half, finally stocking the library with the whole lot from Elvis and Chuck Berry to the Sex Pistols, Captain Beefheart and Gil Scott-Heron. Tragically, shortly after these recordings reached the White House in 1981, they have been put into storage—President Reagan most likely wasn’t an enormous fan of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

Chuldenko needed to make a documentary about this forgotten library however might by no means discover the funding. Still, he managed to persuade the White House to get his pristine data out of storage, which is why we all know concerning the assortment right this moment. The artist’s new plan is so as to add a 3rd half to the library, however within the type of a written playlist with contributions from celebrities. Maybe Beto O’Rourke will supply an up to date punk playlist.

For the complete story, take a look at a profile of Chuldenko in The Washingtonian, which you could find right here.


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