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Obama Honors Led Zeppelin: Rock and Politics (video roundup)

Gina Smith
Written by Gina Smith

“Of course, these guys also redefined the rock and roll lifestyle. We do not have video of this. But there was some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. So it’s fitting that we’re doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick … and Secret Service all around … So, guys, just settle down …” President Obama told Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and band mates. Video roundup from YouTube inside. We include the legendary one showing a Ohio judge decrying the Beatles, a preacher explaining why Elvis was dangerous, the Elvis Nixon meetup in the 1970s and more.

U.S. President Barack Obama giving honors to Led Zeppelin this weekend gave me an idea. Here’s a video round up of rockers, politicians and various authorities decrying rock as dangerous or dancing along — through the ages.

The Treniers once sang: We want a rock ‘n’ roll President. Looks like we’ve got one.

“A generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album,” President Obama told onlookers this weekend at an event celebrating the rock band Led Zeppelin and other artists. “And a generation of parents wondered what all that noise was about.”

Check out the video showing how Obama honors Led Zeppelin, below. Check below the fold to see other videos including the legendary one showing a Ohio judge decrying the Beatles, a preacher explaining why Elvis was dangerous, the Elvis Nixon meetup in the 1970s, the Treniers’ Rock ‘n’ Roll president and more. YouTube and photo round up.


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Led Zeppelin was one of several honorees who President Obama noted on stage at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony Sunday evening. Six decades ago, the government was warning parents off the evils of rock and roll. Now it’s celebrating it.

“Of course, these guys also redefined the rock and roll lifestyle. We do not have video of this. But there was some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. So it’s fitting that we’re doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick … and Secret Service all around … So, guys, just settle down …” President Obama told Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and band mates.

Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, Buddy Guy and Natalia Makarova were also honorees at the event, which notes key players in American arts culture.

Five decades ago some American authorities said the Beatles were dangerous. Check this out from an Ohio judge.

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Elvis Presley meets former U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1970.


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Here’s why a preacher in the 1950s thought rock and roll as a whole was dangerous. Love this video.

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Here are the Treniers singing the classic rockabilly song, We Want a Rock ‘n’ Roll President.

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Gina Smith

Gina Smith

Gina Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist online, in print, radio and national TV. A former correspondent for ABC News, Gina is the co-founder and editorial director of aNewDomain Media. Email Gina at gina@anewdomain.net find her on Twitter @ginasmith888