Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the U.S. last week for a high-stakes but
relaxed burger summit
with President Obama and a tour of the
Twitter headquarters, where he set up his first account
. But Medvedev,
much like the 11 alleged Russian spies
arrested on Monday, may have had another, top-secret reason
for coming here. That mission? Crate-digging for some sweet vintage
vinyl. The Washington Post's Reliable Source
blog uncovers it all
Two Russian women who said they worked
for Medvedev walked into Som Records on 14th Street Thursday looking for
Duke Ellington, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix
recordings -- Medvedev, 44, is a big jazz and rock fan and collects rare
records. Owner Neal Becton told us he was out of Ellington
discs, but sold the women three Hendrix records, two by King, plus music
by Gil Evans, Blossom Dearie and Mark Murphy. The
women, who got instructions from someone via cellphone, paid the $150
tab in cash -- two $100 bills.
"Wax Fanatical" blogger Jake Grovum can hardly contain himself
know what's more amazing to me about this story though. The fact that
Medvedev, who is 44 according to The Post, is into vinyl enough that
he'd send staffers out during a diplomatic trip to Washington to
specifically to a record store. Or, on the other hand,
that somewhere between working in the Kremlin and sitting atop the
Russian oil monopoly Gazprom that he developed such great taste in
music, although Wikipedia says
he was a big Black Sabbath (!) and Deep Purple (!!) fan in high school.
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