The very first record you purchased? The last one? What show venue in Philadelphia do you like best? Who’s your favorite local artist? And what’re you listening to these days?
We posed those questions to a mix of 60 notable and random Illadelphians and got the best answer of all, one we already knew: Cats here take their music seriously. (And, by the way, if you weren’t already sure, you will be: The Roots really do rule this town.) Check their responses, and post your own.
MAYOR MICHAEL A. NUTTER, City of Philadelphia
First record purchased: The Jackson 5. Can’t recall the title.
Last record purchased: My last download was Laura Izibor’s The Brooklyn Sessions, Vol. 1.
Favorite Philly act: The Roots.
Favorite Philly venue: The Dell Music Center.
Now in heavy rotation: My own hip-hop/rap mixtape, with DJ Kool, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Kool Moe Dee, The Roots, The Sugarhill Gang and Gil Scott-Heron.
DJ CASH MONEY, Entertainer/DJ
First record purchased: Alvin & The Chipmunks, Chipmunks a’ Go-Go.
Last record purchased: A rare Barrington Levy dub 45.
Favorite Philly act: DJ Cash Money & Marvelous.
Favorite Philly venue: Tasty Treats at Fluid.
Now in heavy rotation: Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect.
KEVIN BACON, Actor/Director/Musician
First record purchased: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Last record purchased: John Mayer, Born and Raised.
We’re taking you on a whirlwind tour of Philly’s sonic citizens—in the clubs, on the road, off the map and over the top.
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